SC puts on hold civic polls in 9 districts of TN

The Supreme Court today directed Tamil Nadu State Election Commission to put on hold local bodies’ polls in nine districts carved out of four earlier ones.

Passing order on a plea filed by the DMK, the apex court said polls for local bodies and other districts in Tamil Nadu will be held as per earlier schedule.

It directed authorities to conduct delimitation exercise in nine newly-carved out districts. The SC also directed State poll panel to hold elections in nine districts after complying with delimitation, reservation aspects in 4 months from today.

The Tamil Nadu government told the Supreme Court on Thursday that it was ready to put on hold the elections for local bodies in nine districts, which have been carved out from four earlier districts, for complying with legal formalities such as delimitation and reservation.

The top court was hearing a plea of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) seeking a direction to state authorities to “carry out delimitation, reservation and rotation process and fulfil all other legal requirements before issuing any election notifications and conducting elections” for local bodies in the state.

The DMK on Wednesday filed a fresh petition before the Supreme Court to strike down the election notification for local body polls in Tamil Nadu, issued by the State Election Commission (SEC) on December 2, 2019.

The notification announced dates for the polls to only rural local bodies, and was silent about the poll schedule for town panchayats, municipalities and corporations.