Election Procedure of Executive committee (EC)

i. The election of the Executive committee of the association shall be held every two years on the day of annual general meeting of the association by secret ballot voting by the members of the association.
   
ii. The election shall be conducted by an election commission appointed by the Executive committee. The members of the Election Commission shall be debarred from seeking election. Election commission shall consist of a chairman and two members.
   
iii. The voters list of the election shall be prepared with names of the members enrolled in the register of members two month before the date of the election. The members enlisted in the voters list are only entitled to take part in the election (contest, nominate and cast vote). The same voter list shall be published by Election Commission one month before the election.
 
iv. A notice of the election stating the date and place fixed for the election shall be given by the chairman of the election commission to all members of the association not less than 30 days before the date of election together with a nomination paper.
   
v. The candidates for the posts of the Executive committee must be a member of the association for atleast one year standing at the time of submitting the nomination. The President shall be atleast 45 years of age and post-graduate qualification in Psychiatry at the time of submission of nomination paper.
   
vi. No one in receipt of a salary or honorarium from the funds of the association can be elected as a member of the Executive committee. The nomination paper in the prescribed form of the eligible candidates duly proposed and seconded by the bonafide members of the associated must reach the election commission atleast 15 days before the date of election. The election commission shall scrutinize the nomination paper and publish the name of the candidates for the election. Any candidate or his/her representative may be present at the time of scrutiny if he/she wishes.
   
vii. Any candidate can withdraw his/her name from the candidature 3 days before the date of election by submitting a withdrawal letter in prescribed form to the election commission.viii.    
   
viii. The final list of contesting candidates shall be published 2 days before the date of election by the election commission.
   
ix. The ballot papers will be issues by the members of the election commission to all the voters at the time of election.
   
x. The election commission shall scrutinize and count votes after closing time of election. The candidates or their agents may be present at the time of counting if they so wish.
   
xi. The result of the election shall be declared by the election commission soon after counting has completed.
   
xii. These rules shall however, be exempted for the election of the Executive committee to be held at last part of the year 1993, which shall be elected by direct secret ballot by the members present in annual general meeting. The election commission for such Executive committee shall be appointed by convening committee of the association.