Supreme Court refuses to entertain PC George MLA’s Plea to Postpone Kerala Local Body Polls

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a petition filed by Kerala MLA PC George seeking the postponement of local body polls in the State scheduled to start from tomorrow.

A Bench headed by Justice L. Nageswara Rao heard the matter and informed the Advocate for the Petitioner, Adolf Mathew, that the Apex Court would not be entertaining the matter.

Mathew submitted to the Court that he was not on the postponement of the election, but wanted to inform the Bench that the State Election Commission had not complied with the new law promulgated by the Government of India.

“There is a notification with Rule 27A which has been amended and states that COVID-19 patients and senior citizens above the age of 65 years can vote in elections vide postal ballot”, submitted Mathew. The Supreme Court was, however, not inclined to hear the matter and allowed the Petitioner to withdraw the plea.MLA PC George had earlier approached the Kerala High Court challenging the decision of Election Commission contending that the conduct of local body elections in the State of Kerala, in the present health scenario would be violative of citizen’s fundamental right guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. He had also sought a direction from the court to defer elections to the local bodies, in the light of COVID-19 situation in Kerala.The High Court dismissed the petition.

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