state election commission: Supreme Court grants 4 months to Tamil Nadu state election commission for urban local body polls | India News – Times of India

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday gave the Tamil Nadu State Election Commission (TNSEC) four months to complete the election process for the state’s urban local bodies.
A bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justice Suryakanth and Justice Hima Kohli rejected the State Election Commission’s plea and asked for seven months to complete the municipal body election process.
It has asked the state election commission to complete the election process within four months. The state election panel has asked for time till April 2022 to complete the preparatory work to complete the electoral process as directed by the Supreme Court.
It sought directions from the Supreme Court to “extend the period from September 15 to seven months to inform the process of election of urban local bodies in the state.”
The TNSEC has filed an application in a case filed by S Shankar, who had earlier filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) for conducting local body elections.
Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the State Election Commission during the hearing, told the court that the process required seven months and a timetable has been worked out till April 2022.
Earlier, Rohatgi submitted that due to the Assembly elections from February to May, the entire cadre was shifted there which was followed by the Kovid-1 issue.
To extend the time for municipal bodies to conduct elections in the state, Rohatgi argued that the new government has approved consolidation for certain municipalities so a period of seven months is required.
On June 22, 2021, the apex court directed the TNSEC to complete the entire process of local body elections in the nine newly engraved districts by September 15, 2021, including the publication of the election schedule and notification and election results.

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