TN civic polls: DMK moves Supreme Court once again

The DMK has filed a fresh plea in the Supreme Court seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against officials, including the Tamil Nadu State Election Commissioner, for disobeying orders on granting quota to women and SC and ST candidates in the upcoming local body polls in Tamil Nadu.

In its contempt plea filed through lawyer Amit Anand Tiwari, the DMK has alleged that officials of the state election commission and the delimitation commission have not complied with the orders of the apex court passed on December 6 and 12 respectively.

The SC had ordered that “while conducting elections, the respondents (state and poll panel) shall provide proportionate reservation at all levels, in accordance with Rule 6 of the Tamil Nadu Panchayats (Reservation of Seats and Rotation of Reserved Seats) Rules, 1995”.

As many as 16,560 polling personnel are to be deployed on poll duty for the rural local bodies in Madurai district of Tamil Nadu, where polling will be conducted in 2,032 polling stations, said Madurai district collector TG Vinay.
Speaking to reporters in Madurai on Tuesday, Vinay said that this is the first time that the randomization process was being done for polling personnel in the local body elections and they would be given appointment orders. The first training for these personnel would be done on December 14 and the second on December 21 in select places in the unions.

Local body elections will be held in Tamil Nadu in two phases later this month to elect 1.06 lakh ward members in rural local bodies and 12,524 Panchayat presidents. Elections for urban local bodies will be announced later, Tamil Nadu State Election Commission Commissioner R Palaniswamy, said.

The first phase will be held on December 27 and the second on December 30. Nominations for the election will commence on December 6 and the last date for submission will be December 13. Scrutiny of the nominations will be held on December 16 and the last date of withdrawal the nomination will be December 18. Counting of votes will be held on January 2.