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Association Election

Every trade and profession have a member elected body which represent the members and regulate the trade and profession. These elected bodies take care of the interest of its members and also try to have some rules and regulations for its members. These bodies also form the lobby group which represent all the members of the trade and profession in one voice in front of government and other regulators.

Associations are of following type:

  1. Professional Associations – These are association of professionals who come together and form an association to regulate the members and to protect the interest of the members. The association helps in furthering the objectives of the professional like sharing of knowledge, building standards, setting guidelines, research and publication etc. Examples of professional associations are:
    • Doctors: Medical Council of India
    • Lawyers: Bar Council of India
    • Chartered Accountants: Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
    • Company Secretary: Institute of Company Secretaries of India
    • Cost and Management Accountants: Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of India
  1. Trade Associations – Trade associations are associations where members of the same trade form an association to protect the interest of the trade, to represent to regulators and government in one voice, to settle disputes and disagreements among members, to jointly promote the trade, to share knowledge etc.
  1. Social Associations (NGOs, Alumni Association, Religious Association)There are lot of social associations where people with common social objectives come together and form an association. These include Non-Government Organizations, religious associations, Social associations and alumni associations.
  1. Association of Homeowners or Residents Welfare Association – Homeowners / flat owners / land parcel owners at time come together to form an association to protect their common interest and to manage common or shared infrastructure of the society. We have discussed this kind of associations here: https://right2vote.in/what-we-do/housing-society-voting/
  1. Employee Association – Associations of employees or employee unions created with the objective of welfare of the employees, to protect the interest of the employees in an organization and for various cultural and recreational purpose.
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Levels in Associations

Associations not only have a national level body or association but have elected body at state level, city level, region level and even at international level. For example: Doctors in India have Medical Council of India as the national level body. Then they have Delhi Medical Council and Maharashtra Medial council which are state level councils. Even at the international level there is The World Medical Association representing and regulating all doctors of the world.

Even among the doctors there are various specialization like gynaecologist, cardiology, orthopaedic, gastroenterology, urology, dermatology etc. for each specialization there is a different association of doctors at international, national, state, regional level. For example: Cardiological Society of India, American Gastroenterological Association etc.

Election Frequency

Tenure of these elected Associations generally range from 1 to 3 years and hence elections are held every 1 to 3 years. Tenure is determined by the bylaws / article of association of the association.

Challenges in Association elections

  1. Low member turnout

Associations generally have an awfully bad track record when it comes to voting percentage. Many associations have voting percentage as low as 10%. This is due to following reasons:

  1. Limited number of booths: Associations generally do not have enough number of booths across the country and expect all members to visit the association office on election date to vote. This is the biggest reason why voter turnout is exceptionally low in associations. Many a times, the existing management intentionally make it difficult for members to vote so that they can maintain control over the association.
  2. Members are not informed about the election date and process
  3. Database of members is not properly maintained or updated
  4. Members are not much involved in association activities and do not take association elections seriously
  5. Many members do not pay the membership fee regularly and hence not allowed to vote
  1. One small group of members controlling the association

It is a common phenomenon across the country that small group of people control the association and rest of the members feel alienated. The small groups work towards protecting their own interest and not of the members in general. At times interest of the small group is in conflict of the larger group. This leads to lack of trust among members towards their own association.

Many times, this lack of trust lead to formation of competitive groups and associations or infighting in the association. It may also lead to disillusionment amongst some members who stop participating actively in the association.

  1. Lack of transparency in election process

Most of the associations are self-regulated and not answerable to any regulator for the election process. In such organizations due to various reason including – a. cost, b. lack of experience or knowledge of election management, c. limited time (as management committee members are generally working pro-bono) and d. vested interest, the election management is not of remarkably high quality.

Members generally complain of problems like shoddy preparation of voter list, lack of communication to members about the election, errors in vote counting, election process is tightly controlled by few people who might themselves be standing in the election.

SOLUTION: How to ensure high member participation in association elections and how make the election process transparent?

ONLINE VOTING is one simple solution to all the problems faced by association related to voting. Online voting ensures high member participation at very low cost, with limited effort and is 100% secure and transparent. Right2Vote provides online voting platform which is best suited for association elections.

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Why you should choose Right2Vote’s eVoting platform for Association Elections:

  1. Tested, certified and approved by Government of India for security and quality
  2. Used and loved by major associations
  3. Secured and transparent
  4. Feature rich, flexible and easy to use platform
  5. Cost effective
  6. On call and email support
  1. Tested, Certified and Approved by Government of India

Right2Vote Infotech Private Limited is a government of India approved eVoting platform. Right2Vote is tested and certified by Standardization Testing and Quality Certification Directorate (STQC) under Ministry of Electronics and Information technology (MeitY), Government of India.
Right2Vote is also approved eVoting agency by Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), Government of India.
Link to relevant certificates: https://right2vote.in/security-certificates/

  1. Used and loved by major associations 

Right2Vote has successfully conducted elections for several associations across the country. It includes:
Professional Associations

  1. Engineers – Consulting Engineers Association of India (CEAI)
  2. Indian Association of Structural Engineers
  3. Pilots – Executive Pilots’ Association (EPA)
  4. Doctors – Indian Academy of Paediatrics Tamil Nadu State Chapter (IAP TN)
  5. Indian Arthroscopy Society (IAS)
  6. Indian Prosthodontic Society (IPS)
  7. Indian Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology (ISPAE)
  8. Movement Disorders Society of India (MDSI)
  9. Scientists – Indian Society for Particle Accelerators (ISPA)
  10. Draughtsman – All India Mes Civilian Draughtsman Association
  11. Actuaries – Institute Of Actuaries Of India

Trade Associations / Trade Unions

  1. Solar projects – International Solar Alliance (ISA)
  2. Realtors – South Metrocity Association of Realtors (SMART)
  3. Rubber dealers – The Indian Rubber Dealers Federation (IRDF)
  4. Council of Monuments and Sites India (ICOMOS India)
  5. Hospital administrators – Academy of Hospital Administrators (AHA)
  6. Doctors – National college of Chest Physicians of India (NCCPI)
  7. Chemists – The All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD)

Social Associations (NGOs, Alumni Association, Religious Association)

  1. The International Association of Lions Clubs: District 316 A, 321B1
  2. Rotary Club: Bangalore, Vikas Puri
  3. Alumni Association of Indore School of Social (AAISS)
  4. Dombivali Better Environment System Association (DBESA)
  5. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi Alumni Association
  6. New Delhi YMCA

Residents Welfare Associations

  1. Bren Edge Waters Apartment Owners Association
  2. Embassy Pristine Apartment Owners Association
  3. Spectra Palmwoods Apartment Owners Association
  4. South City Apartment Owners Association
  5. Sai Peace and Prosperity Apartment Buyers Association
  6. Prestige Ozone Home Owners’ Welfare Association
  7. Kolkata Uniworld City Apartment Owners’ Association
  8. IRIS Court Flat Owners Association
  9. Apex Association of Lavasa Property Owners

Employees Association / Employee Unions

  1. Executive Pilots’ Association (EPA)
  2. Air India Express Aircraft Engineers Association (AIEAEA)
  3. Retired Officers Welfare Society (ROWS) (Indian Oil Corporation)
  4. NTPC Apex Association
  5. NTPC Executive’s Association of Ramagundam
  6. Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) Employee Trust
  7. Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd (UPRVUNL) Employee Trust
  8. Junior Chamber International India (JCI India)
  1. Secured and Transparent

Right2Vote’s eVoting platform is a secured and transparent platform. It has many security and transparency features including:

  1. End to end encryption
  2. OTP based authentication
  3. Two factor authentications
  4. Voter receipt
  5. Audit trail
  6. Vote record
  7. Voter selfie
  8. Geo tagging
  9. Geo fencing
  1. Feature rich, flexible and easy to use platform

Right2Vote’s online voting website and app is very feature rich and can be customized to specific requirements of the association.Different associations have different election rules. Right2Vote has solution for all kind of election.Most associations find these features extremely useful:

  1. Secret ballot
  2. Audit Trail
  3. Voter receipt
  4. Result post poll close
  5. Team election
  6. Multiple post in single poll
  7. Candidate picture on the ballot
  8. SMS / Email based invitation
  9. SMS / Email based reminder
  10. Option to vote form website, mobile and app (android and iOS)
  11. Voting from anywhere in less than a minute
  12. Automated counting and instant result in PDF and excel format
  13. Maker – Checker – Scrutinizer

Link to complete feature list – https://right2vote.in/features-list/

  1. Cost Effective

Right2Vote eVoting software is also very cost effective. The charges start from Rs. 10,000 only for up to 200 voters, plus Rs. 25 for each voter above 200 voters. Please contact Right2Vote team at contact@right2vote.in for more details.

  1. On call and email support

Unlike other platforms, Right2Vote provide on call and on email support to election officer as well as the voters. Right2Vote’s mission is to ensure each voter gets his right to vote and nobody is denied his right to vote.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Is online voting in associations allowed as per Indian laws?

Government of India via Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has made online voting mandatory for large associations registered as Companies including Chapter 8 companies with more than 1000 members. Detailed regulation is available here: https://right2vote.in/government-notifications/

For associations less than 1000 members it is not mandatory but recommended.

  1. What are the benefits of online voting in an association?

Online voting has many advantages over paper ballot voting. This includes:

  1. Higher voter turnout
  2. Cost saving
  3. Time saving
  4. Effort saving
  5. Better security
  6. Full proof authentication
  7. Automated and instant result
  1. How much time should be provided to voters for voting?

We recommend keeping the voting window open for 24 hours to 72 hours.

By keeping the window open for minimum 24 hours, you can ensure that international voters are able to participate without any time zone related difficulty.

(Note: For associations covered by MCA notification, has to follow the guidelines provided in the notification – https://right2vote.in/government-notifications/)

  1. What is Secret ballot? Is it applicable to associations?

Secret ballot is a feature where individual voters vote preference is kept secret. Only total vote count of each candidate is provided in the result. This is to avoid any kind of coercion or pressure on voters.

Applicability of secret ballot depends on the bylaws / article of association of the Association.

  1. What all information is required by Right2Vote to set up online voting for the Association?

Following information is required for setting up the online election event:

  1. Name of the organization and logo
  2. Candidate list with name and photograph
  3. Voter list with name of the voters along with email ID or Mobile number
  4. Start and end date and time
  5. GST details of the association including name, address and GST number for invoice purpose
  6. Features required for the election and any specific requirement
  1. How much time it takes to set up the poll?

We request clients to provide all above-mentioned information in a single email minimum 3 days before the election date.

  1. Please provide the standard contract terms

The standard contract draft is provided here: https://right2vote.in/contract/