The fee had earlier introduced that there shall be elections in four municipal firms together with Asansol, Bidhannagar, Siliguri and Chandannagar on January 22, and the outcomes shall be introduced on January 25.
Now, the elections shall be held in all these four municipal Corporations on February 12, following the suggestions of the court docket. However, the fee is but to announce the date of counting.
The resolution to defer the election was taken after the state authorities wrote a letter to the Commission on Saturday morning that they don’t have any objection if the SEC decides to postpone the election for one more 4 to six weeks contemplating the Covid state of affairs in the state.
Sources in the fee additionally indicated that they’re eager to conduct the election in different municipalities on the finish of February. Currently, elections in 107 municipalities and Howrah Municipal Corporation is prone to be held on February 22.
Sources in the fee additionally indicated that the ballot panel would possibly converse to the Disaster Management Department to resolve the modalities and different facets associated to the election.
Sources in the fee mentioned that because the nominations have been over so it can stay the identical.
“The date of the poll has been postponed only. We will work on the other modalities and announce the details very soon,” an SEC official mentioned.
The resolution to defer the election got here after a PIL was filed Calcutta High Court pleading to postpone the election due to the Covid state of affairs.
The PIL was filed by by one Bimal Bhattacharya, who argued that contemplating the escalating Covid-19 state of affairs, the civic polls must be postponed.
The division bench of chief justice Prakash Srivastava listening to the PIL requested the state and the fee to file their affidavit relating to this.
During the listening to on Thursday, the state authorities and the fee have tried to push the accountability on one another.
The advocate showing for the fee Jayanta Mitra had mentioned that the fee can not take the choice of stopping an election as a result of it’s the state’s accountability.
“According to law, the commission cannot cancel a pre-declared election but if the disaster management act is implemented in the state, then the election will have to be cancelled,” Mitra mentioned.
On the opposite hand, the advocate showing for the state mentioned that the fee solely has the authority to cancel the election and the state has obtained nothing to do with it. The division bench requested each the state and the fee about their lack of coordination in this matter.
On Friday, the court docket directed the fee to take the ultimate resolution on this concern. Now after the state’s letter to the fee, the ballot panel has no drawback in suspending the election.