Will civic polls happen or not? Crucial decision by SC based on DMK petition

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.

 In the plea the party sought a direction to stay the local body poll notification and orders to the State Election Commission to carry out the delimitation exercise in the newly created districts before conducting the elections.

The petitioner sought a direction that the notification issued by the Tamil Nadu State Election Commission of December 2 should be struck down since the delimitation exercise was not carried out in the newly created districts.

It is to be noted that the Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s plea seeking a direction to the Election Commission to carry out the delimitation exercise in newly created districts in Tamil Nadu before conducting panchayat and local body elections. The top court will hear the plea today.

Earlier in the day, the state Election Commission announced that local body polls in Tamil Nadu will be held in two phases on December 27 and December 30. The counting of votes will take place on January 2, 2020.

A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde took note of the submissions of senior advocate AM Singhvi, appearing for the DMK, that the plea needed to be heard urgently as the poll panel announced on Monday morning that elections to rural local bodies in Tamil Nadu will be held in two phases, on December 27 and 30.