The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Thursday sought reply from the State Election Commission (SEC) on the probable date for the conduct of local body polls to elect candidates for positions in corporations and municipalities across Tamil Nadu.
The petitioner stated that the local bodies in the state had been lying vacant since October 2016, but the SEC is not willing to conduct polls. Further, the petitioner stated that based on orders issued by the Supreme Court on December 9, 2019, the SEC issued a notification that mentioned the conduct of election to district panchayats, but not to corporations and municipalities.
The elections to these urban local bodies were certainly important for the welfare of economic development of Tamil Nadu. Only when all local bodies were elected, common men would be able to get benefits without difficulty. Hence, the petitioner sought the bench to direct the SEC to issue fresh notification within 15 days for conducting polls to corporations and municipalities.
Meanwhile, counsel on behalf of the SEC claimed that the summary revision of draft electoral rolls is yet to be released. Only when the revised draft electoral rolls is released, the SEC could issue notification for the conduct of polls to the urban local bodies.
Citing these, counsel sought four more weeks’ time to make such arrangements. However, the petitioner’s counsel objected to it and said a week’s time would be enough. After hearing, the bench questioned the SEC on when such polls could be conducted and the SEC should respond to it within a period of three weeks.