The term of office of the elected members of the Central and Regional Council shall ordinarily be for a period of two years from the date of its constitution.
The members of the Central and Regional Council shall, however, be eligible for re-election. A member during the entire duration of his membership, can have maximum three tenures (irrespective of the period of each tenure) collectively in the Central and Regional Councils. No member shall be eligible to get elected to the Central or Regional Council for more than two tenures.
A member once elected to IDST Council/Regional Council will be deemed to have completed his tenure for the respective Council in case he opts to resign after he has been declared elected. While deciding eligibility for future elections, results of past elections will be taken into account.

Central Council

There are SEVEN elected members in Central council with a condition that every branch is represented by at least one member. Voting criteria is accordingly stipulated with a minimum of one member from each branch amongst total of seven members to be elected from among the contestants. Every eligible voter must vote for seven candidates.

Branch Councils

There are FIVE elected members in each of the Branch Councils and elections are held independently of the Central council. Voting criteria is that five members have to be elected from among the contestants. Every eligible voter must vote for five candidates.

e-Polling Procedure

IDST Elections 2020 shall be conducted On-line only. Polling for the Central and Branch Councils shall take place concurrently. One member is eligible to submit / file only one nomination either for RC or CC. If a member files nomination for both CC and RC, he will have to withdraw any one of the two nominations before the closure time. If not done so, RO will reject his nomination from both the councils.

Member Login:
(This Login is different from Member’s login for the Website)

Member Login window appears only after selecting the desired activity on the home page like Online nomination, Cast your vote.
User ID is member’s Mobile Number listed in the Members' database available on the IDST website and repeated in Electoral Role.
Password however will be intimated to each of the members by the IDST Web Administrator through SMS and e-mail. In case the member has not received the PW due to some reason or has forgotten the password, click on the "Forgot Password" button to receive the Password. New window opens prompting you to provide your mobile number and e-mail ID. After authentication by matching the information in IDST members' database, new Password info will be sent to the member through SMS and e-mail. In case of mismatch of mobile number / email id, the system will reject member's request and is advised to contact the Web Administrator. It is therefore essential to update this information by checking on the IDST website and sending Feed back if there are any corrections to be made

Nomination / Withdrawal

a) No member shall be eligible for election or re-election to the Central/Regional Council unless:
(i) he is a Member of the Institute
(ii) is nominated by at least two other Members (One Proposer and One Seconder) and
(iii) such nominations are received by the Returning Officer appointed by the Council within the time schedule notified by RO.
At least one of the members making the nominations shall be some-one other than the existing Office Bearer of the Respective Council.

b) It is desired that a member is Proposer and Seconder to one contestant for a particular council election only.

c) For On-line Nomination / Withdrawal the interested member selects the appropriate button in the Home Page, and clicks on the council from the dropdown list that appears on the screen. This takes one to the Member Login screen.

d) Once the member's login is successful, he will be presented with the appropriate form for filling in the desired information. The form is linked to the member's database so that the desired information is retrieved. Having filled in the form, click on the "Submit" button to complete the process. System will prompt for any deficiencies in the filling of the form and also indicate successful submission of the form.

e) Proposer & Seconder for the contestant shall send their acceptance by email to RO within the stipulated time. This will complete filing of nomination process.

View the Contestants

The list of Contestants can be viewed from the time ballot paper is released by RO, by clicking on the "View Contestants" button. Clicking on the name of the contestants will display his bio-data. There will be "Cast your Vote" button at the bottom of the list. This is in addition to the "Cast your Vote" button in the home page.

Casting the Vote

Members have to cast their vote only online (e-polling).There is no provision to vote otherwise. For casting the vote online, member has to click on the "Cast your Vote" button. This will take you to the Member's Login screen. Once the login is successful, the member will be presented with the ballet paper screen. Select the candidates by clicking the button placed opposite the name of the contestant and click on the submit button to finish the voting process. System will prompt if the selection of the candidates is not as per the voting rules giving a hint of what went wrong. Successful voting will be acknowledged by the system.

Admin / RO

Admin/RO button is meant for the Web Administrator and RO to login to carry out some administrative functions like update the members' information eg. mobile number, email ID, issue of notification, scrutinise the nominations / withdrawals to finalise the approved list of contestants, authenticate the results generated by the system, publishing of the results etc. They, however, will not be able to alter the bio-data submitted by the contestant, the ballet paper after the voting process has stated.
Various buttons on the IDST Election home page will be active as per the schedule of the voting, otherwise on-screen prompt will indicate the status of the corresponding activity.


System generates the results and submits to Returning officer for authentication before the same are published on the website. The results may also be communicated to members through e-mail.

Contact Details of Returning Officers

Central & Branch Council

Maj Gen (Retd) D Kapil

+91 9822521971