Srinagar, Apr 24: In view of the prevailing Covid-19 situation in Srinagar, deputy commissioner Srinagar on Saturday ordered the deferment of the elections of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) till further orders.
According to an order, issued by the office of deputy commissioner Srinagar, the elections to the Executive Committee of KCCI at Amar Singh Club, Sonwar cannot be held as the area has been declared as containment zone.
It stated that public movement in and outside the said locality has been restricted except that of essential services and therefore elections as scheduled cannot be conducted till the said zone is de-notified under the norms.
“Hon'ble High Court has also directed that while conducting elections all the SOPs issued by the government from time to lime with regard to the COVID 19 Pandemic shall be adhered,” the order states.
It states that the Election Committee appointed by the Hon’ble High Court has fixed the date of elections to the Executive Committee of KCCI on April 26 at Amar Singh Club, Sonwar Srinagar.
“It is pertinent to mention that Sonwar area where Amar Singh Club is situated has been declared as a Containment zone vide Notification No.81 of 04/2021, dated 23/04/2021 issued by District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), Srinagar and public movement in and outside the said locality has been restricted except that of essential services .Therefore elections as scheduled cannot be conducted till the said zone is de-notified under the norms,” reads the order.
Meanwhile, spokesman of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCC&I) informed that elections for the Executive Committee have been deferred due to COVID-19 pandemic till further orders.
“We would like to inform you that the polling to the Executive Committee for the year 2020-2021 which was scheduled to be held on Monday April 26 at Amar Singh Club, Srinagar has been deferred by the orders of the District Development Commissioner, Srinagar due to Covid-19 pandemic till further orders,” spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said that once they receive any communication from the DC Office regarding the polling, they will communicate the members accordingly. “The members, who have paid their subscription fee till April 24 are eligible to cast their vote whenever polling will be conducted,” he added.
Pertinent to mention that after the recent spike in the Covid-19 positive cases in the valley, Srinagar has reported maximum number of positive cases with several containment zones already declared in the district.