DSGMC elections to be held before Dec 31: SC

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After being put on hold for more than a year, election for the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) is to be completed by December 31, this year.

The Supreme Court has asked the Delhi government and the DSGMC to make sure that the election to the committee posts are conducted by the end of this year after issuing the necessary poll schedule.

A Bench led by Justice R M Lodha passed the order after senior advocate K T S Tulsi, appearing for Delhi government, submitted before the court that the Gurudwara election, on the basis of the final electoral rolls, will be completed within ten weeks subject to the availability of police force, school premises and teachers for taking up poll duty.

"We direct the authorities concerned to provide necessary assistance to the Director, Gurdwara Elections, so as to ensure that election of members of the DSGMC are completed by December 31, 2012, positively," said the court while fixing the deadline.

The court also put on record a submission by the Director, Gurdwara Elections, that for the identity of the voters, the guidelines by the Election Commission of India on valid identity proofs, shall also be followed, in addition to the DSGMC Rules.

"With regard to the working of the de-limitation and preparation of electoral rolls, if found necessary, it is directed that this exercise may be undertaken after the DSGMC elections and shall be completed as early as may be possible and in no case later than nine months from the date of declaration of result of the DSGMC elections," said the court while disposing of a petition against the Delhi HC order.

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