HC sets deadline for State Election Commission on local body polls

HC sets deadline for State Election Commission on local body polls

The Madras High Court today passed an important order in connection with the conducting of local body elections in Tamil Nadu.

The Judges have set Monday (6 August) as the deadline for the State Election Commission to submit the schedule and time frame within which the civic polls will be held in the State.

The bench which heard the case strictly warned that contempt of court will be initiated against the officials if this deadline is missed.

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.

When the plea came up for hearing on Tuesday, the bench pulled up the commission for not implementing the court order when there was no stay from the Supreme Court.

“Do you think that it is up to you to decide at what extent court orders can be implemented,” the bench asked the counsel for the commission.