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Government of India
Ministry of Defence
01-August-2014 16:21 IST
Election for Cantonment Boards

As per section 14 (1) of the Cantonments Act, 2006 the term of office of a member of a Board shall be five years. The Central Government may, when satisfied that it is necessary in order to avoid administrative difficulty, extend the term of office of all the elected members of a Board by such period not exceeding one year, as it thinks fit. The last ordinary elections were held in 58 Cantonment Boards in 2008, in 3 Cantonment Boards in 2009 and in 1 Cantonment Board in 2010.

The Constitution of 58 Cantonment Boards has been varied with effect from 06.06.2014 for a period of one year by the Central Government by invoking the provisions of section 13(1) and section 13(4) of the Cantonments Act, 2006.

In the case of a Cantonment Board whose Constitution has been varied under section 13(1) of the Cantonments Act, 2006, there is a provision to nominate one member, not being a person in the service of the Government, by the Central Government, in consultation with the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, of the Command under section 13(2)(c) of the said Act. The date of next ordinary elections for the 58 Cantonment Boards is not finalised.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in a written reply to Shri Dilip Kumar Mansukhlal Gandhi in Lok Sabha today.