Dec 27, 28 likely dates for local body polls: SEC to govt

Indicating that the State is keen on conducting local body polls after a delay of three years, the Tamil Nadu State Election Commission (TNSEC), on Tuesday, wrote to the government over likely dates and available manpower for conducting the elections here.
Dec 27, 28 likely dates for local body polls: SEC to govt

Chennai

According to a TNSEC source, “State Election Commissioner R Palaniswamy held a meeting with officials of TNSEC and there it was decided that local body elections be held on December 27 and 28. After the meeting, a letter was sent to the State government asking whether the dates would be feasible and whether the required manpower would be available for election work.”

After 2011, the State has not witnessed local body elections. They were scheduled to be conducted in 2016 but got postponed because of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s death and the political chaos that followed.

However, after the recent AIADMK win in the Nanguneri and Vikravandi bypolls, the mood in the ruling party has been upbeat and several Ministers said that local body elections would be held soon. As announced, work for the elections both by the ruling and Opposition parties have commenced and applications were invited from partymen interested in contesting.

Recently, DMDK leader Premalatha Vijayakant too said that the announcement for local body elections would be rolled out in a week. Even ruling party leaders said elections could be expected by the end of December.

Under the circumstances, TNSEC too has sought the State government’s final take on the issue and according to sources, “dates will be finalised after confirmation from the government”.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said, “TNSEC is an independent constitutional body and the dates will be announced by them. There will be no political interference in the announcement.”

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Disabled persons can contest: TN

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