As per the section 5 and section 6 BAWA constitution act 26.09.2019
Section 5: Membership of Association
The Association must always have the minimum number of members as mandated by sections 4 and
17 of the Act.
(1) Any person who supports the objects of the Association is eligible to become a member.
(2) A person who wants to become a member must apply in writing to the Association. An
application for membership will be considered as an agreement by the person (or the family in case
of membership class specified in 5(6)(b)) to support the objects of the Association and abide by the
rules of the Association. The application must specify the class of membership applied for.
(3) A membership application must be considered in the immediate subsequent Committee meeting
after the application is received and the outcome informed to the applicant as soon as practicable
after the meeting. Application for life membership can only be considered and approved/rejected
at a general body meeting.
(4) The Committee must not accept a new application unless the applicant is eligible under rule
5(1) and has applied conforming to rule 5(2).
(5) The Committee may reject a new application even if the applicant is eligible under rule 5(1)
and has applied conforming to rule 5(2).
(6) There will be 4 classes of membership of the Association.
(a) Ordinary membership (individual): Any person over the age of 18, subject to
requirements of rules 5(1) 5(2) 5(7), can become an ordinary member (individual). This type
of members has voting rights and may exercise 1 vote on any one question / choice. Voting
right is subject to currency of membership at the time of a meeting.
(b) Ordinary membership (family): Any lawful couple and their children, subject to
requirements of rules 5(1) 5(2) 5(7), can become an ordinary member (family). This type of
member has voting rights and may exercise up to 2 votes per family. The 2 eldest members
of the family have the voting rights and may exercise 1 vote each on any one question /
choice. Voting right is subject to currency of membership at the time of a meeting.
(c) Life membership: Any person over the age of 18, subject to requirements of rules 5(1)
5(2) 5(10), can become a life member. Life membership can be individual or family. Life
members have voting rights and may exercise 1 vote on any one question / choice if
individual or up to 2 votes if family (2 eldest members have the voting rights in case of
family). Voting right is subject to currency of membership at the time of a meeting.
(d) Honorary membership: Any member can propose any other person for conferral of
honorary membership. The proposal shall be made to the Committee. The Committee shall
consider the proposal and make a recommendation for the Association to decide during the
immediate subsequent general meeting. Honorary membership can only be conferred on
individual. Family honorary membership is not permitted. This type of members does not
have voting rights.
(7) The ordinary membership (individual or family) is valid subject to payment of membership fee
in full. Membership fee shall fall due at the beginning of each financial year and shall be paid
within 4 months of it falling due, beyond which the membership shall lapse. Ordinary membership
fees are annual and prorate payment for shorter duration is not permitted.
(8) An ordinary membership shall be considered renewed on payment of membership fees in line
with rule 5(7).
(9) An ordinary membership that has lapsed due to non-payment of membership fee can be
renewed by full payment of membership fee anytime during the year. Such renewal will be valid
till end of the financial year. The Association, at annual general meeting may determine to install a
‘membership resumption fee’ for lapsed memberships.
(10) The life membership is valid subject to payment of life membership fee in full and shall fall
due on approval of application for life membership.
(11) Honorary membership shall not be subject to any membership fee.
(12) A person can only have one class of membership at a time. A life membership can be applied
by a non-member or existing ordinary member.
(13) A member may resign from membership of the Association by giving written notice of
resignation to the Secretary. The resignation takes into effect as soon as Secretary receives the
notice or if a later time is specified in the notice, at that time. A person who has resigned from
membership of the Association remains liable for any fees or money that are owed to the
Association (the owed amount) at the time of resignation. The owed amount may be recovered by
the Association in a court of competent authority as a debt due to the Association.
(14) A person will cease to be a member on –
(a) failure to pay membership fee in full by due date; or
(b) death; or
(c) resignation; or
(d) suspension (for the period of); or
(15) The Secretary must keep a record for at least one year, after a person ceases to be member,
of the date and reason the person ceased to be a member.
(16) Cessation of membership does not entitle a person to a refund, rebate, relief, or credit for
membership fees paid, or payable, to the Association.
(17) The rights of a member are not transferable and shall end when membership ceases.
(18) A payment to a member out of the funds of the Association is authorised only if it is –
(a) a payment in good faith to the member as reasonable remuneration for any services
provided to the Association, or for goods supplied to the Association, in the ordinary course
of business; or
(b) a payment of reasonable rent to the member for premises leased by the member to the
(c) a reimbursement of reasonable expenses properly incurred by the member on behalf of
Section 6 : Register of members of Association
The Association must always maintain a register of its members and record in the register, any
change in membership of the Association conforming to section 53 of the Act.
(1) Any change to the register must be recorded within 28 days after the change occurs.
(2) The Secretary is responsible to maintain the register of members and record in that register,
any change in membership of the Association.
(3) The register of members must include name of the member, residential, postal or email
address, class of membership and date of entry into membership.
(4) It is the responsibility of each member to contact the Secretary in writing to update any change
relevant to details recorded in register of members, within 28 days of such change occurring.
(5) The register must be kept at the Secretary’s place of residence, or at another place determined
by the Committee.
(6) A member who wishes to inspect the register of members must contact the Secretary to make
the necessary arrangements.