Civic polls SEC seeks more time, case transferred to new bench

Civic polls: SEC seeks more time, case transferred to new bench

The State Election Commission today informed the Madras High Court that the process of delimitation of wards is not over yet and is expected to be completed by 15 August.

It said the final list will be handed over to the government on 31 August and if it is approved, the local body elections can be conducted in the next three months.

The case was today transferred to a new bench, since Madras HC Chief Justice Indira Banerjee has been transferred to the Supreme Court.

Recently, the HC lambasted the Tamil Nadu State Election Commission for not implementing its order on holding local body elections and directed it to submit the poll schedule on August 6.

The first bench of the high court comprising Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar gave the direction on a contempt petition filed by the DMK which sought to punish the SEC for not implementing the court’s September 4, 2017 order.

Irked over the failure on the part of the State government to hold the elections by November 17, 2017, the deadline fixed by the court, the bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar mandated the commission to submit the schedule quickly.

The local bodies in the state are functioning without elected representatives for nearly two years now because of the delay in conducting the polls by the commission. This is also affecting the functioning and funds for the local bodies. The state government has maintained that the delay was due to some litigation and delimitation exercises.