KCCI postpones elections amid COVID-19 surge

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Srinagar: Amid an unprecedented spike in COVID-related cases, the Srinagar district administration led by Dr. Aijaz Assad has ordered for deferment of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) till further orders.

An order issued by the Deputy Commissioner has observed that 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.

“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”, it says.

“Hon’ble High Court has also directed that while conducting elections all the SOPs issued by the government from time to time with regard to the COVID-19 Pandemic shall adhere,” 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, the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCC&I) spokesman informed that elections for the Executive Committee have been deferred due to the 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,” the 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. (GNS)

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