Pune: Candidates preparing for the Pune Cantonment Board elections have been left disappointed after the Indian government decided to postpone the elections along with 57 other cantonments. The decision was made in accordance with sub-section (1) of section 15 of the Cantonments Act. 2006 (41 of 2006) and section 21 of the General Clauses Act, 1897 (10 of 1897).
The government’s notification regarding the cancellation of the election was published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, section 4, on February 17, 2023. However, the government has made it clear that the notification only rescinds the previous one, and things done or omitted to be done before such rescission are still valid.
The candidates who were running for the election had already organized programs to gain support from voters. The officials had scheduled the nominations to be received on March 28 and 29, and the elections were supposed to be held on April 30. The registration of new voters also ended on the 4th of this month.
The decision to postpone the elections has left the candidates upset, and they are now questioning the reasons behind the sudden cancellation. Many are concerned about the impact this will have on their campaigns and their ability to connect with voters.
In response to the postponement, some candidates have voiced their concerns about the lack of transparency and communication from the government. They have called for more clarity on the reasons behind the postponement and the new timeline for the elections.
The Cantonment Boards are responsible for the administration and management of the cantonment areas in India. These areas are usually located near military bases and are governed by the Cantonments Act. The elections for the Cantonment Boards are held every five years, and the members of the board are elected by the residents of the cantonment areas.