Supreme Court sets Deadline Sep 15 For TN Local Body Polls

The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the State Election Commission in Tamil Nadu to conclude the entire process of the local body elections in the 9 newly carved districts by 15th September, 2021, including publication/notification of election schedule and the result of the elections.

Bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and Aniruddha Bose was hearing a Miscellaneous Application during a plea wherein the Supreme Court had previously directed the State in December 2019 to delimit the 9 newly constituted districts within a period of 3months. However, the State had taken quite 18 months to conclude an equivalent , and looked for 6 more months to conduct the election.

The Senior Advocate PS Narasimha, appearing for the committee of India (ECI), informed the Court that 4 months were required to finish the local body elections that were to be held in the State. However, this was initially opposed by the Court .

In response to the present , he submitted that the COVID-19 pandemic had disrupted the method and looked for longer .

However, the Bench proceeded to grant time till September 15 to conclude the elections as the constitutional mandate to conduct elections in the time bound manner cannot be defeated in this manner, recorded the Court.

In the December 11, 2019 order, a Supreme Court Bench of former judge of India SA Bobde, and Justices S. Abdul Nazeer and Sanjib Khanna, had disposed of the PIL by issuing direction to the Respondents that the approaching elections to all were to be conducted relying on the 2011 census regardless of the amount of seats after the delimitation exercise.

The time that had been given to carry the delimitation exercise had been fixed at 3 months.

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