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Saturday, 12 September 2020

Bar Assn says no to online elections

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 11

The Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana’s request for holding online elections of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association has failed to find favour with the lawyers’ body. The Bar Association has shot off a communiqué to the Bar Council unanimously declining its request to participate in online elections.

The Bar Association asserted it had received a notification regarding holding of online elections of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association by the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana on September 30.

In view of this, a meeting of the election committee was convened through video-conferencing. The agenda was thoroughly discussed in the meeting, attended by no less than 13 out of 16 members of the election committee. The members stated that there was no provision in the Advocates Act or the Rules, which authorised the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana to suo motu conduct the elections of any Bar Association without the request of the Bar Association concerned. Also, there was no emergency for holding online elections.

“In this hour of the Covid-19 pandemic, almost all work in the courts stands paralysed and no physical appearance in any court is allowed. Moreover, most of the advocates, who are voters of the Bar Association, have gone back to their villages and cities and there is no online infrastructure in the villages....”



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