Chapter III- Members of Co-operative Societies, their Rights and Liabilities, Section 31- Election and nomination of members of committees

  1. The superintendence, direction and control of the preparation of the electoral rolls for the elections to the committees of co-operative societies shall be undertaken by returning officers not below the rank of gazetted officers as appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor for this purpose.
  2. The vote shall be by secret ballot.
  3. The term of the committee shall not exceed 3 years, as specified by the bye-laws of the society. The office term shall include the year of the election. The elected members shall continue to hold office till their successors are elected or nominated.
  4. No person shall be eligible to be elected as a member of the committee of a co-operative society unless he is its shareholder.
  5. A person shall be disqualified for election to the office of the president, vice-president, chairman, vice-chairman, managing director, secretary, joint secretary or treasurer of a committee, if-
  • He holds such an office on a committee of another co-operative society of the same type;
  • He holds any such office on the committees of three or more co-operative societies of a different type or different type;

Nothing  contained in this section shall be deemed to disqualify any such person for election as, or for being, a delegate of a society or a member of another committee.

  1. On the committee of co-operative societies as may be prescribed, one seat shall be reserved for the members who belong to the Scheduled Castes and one seat shall be reserved for economically weaker sections of the members who as land-owners or tenants or as both do not hold more than the prescribed area of agricultural land or fulfil the prescribed conditions. If no such persons are elected, the committee shall co-opt the required number of members from amongst the persons entitled to such representation.
  2. Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, any dispute relating to election of members of any committee of a co-operative society mentioned in sub-section (1) shall be referred to the Lieutenant-Governor whose decision shall be final.
  3. The Lieutenant-Governor may make rules generally to provide for or to regulate matters in respect of elections of members of the committees.
  4. Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-sections 1 to 8,
  • Where the Central Government has subscribed to the share capital of a co-operative society, the Central Government shall have the right to nominate members on the committee. The number of these members must not exceed three or one-third of the total number of members, whichever is less.
  • Where the Industrial Finance Corporation, the State Finance Corporation or any other financing institution notified in this behalf by the Central Government has provided finance to a co-operative society, that institution shall have the right to nominate one person on the committee.
  1. A person nominated under sub-section 9 shall hold office during the pleasure of the Central Government or the Corporation or other financing institution.