Though the fee is but to make any formal announcement, sources within the fee indicated that the state ballot physique is likely to settle for the suggestions made by the state and postpone the election not less than until February 12. The fee had earlier introduced that there’ll be elections in 4 municipal companies together with Asansol, Bidhannagar, Siliguri and Chandannagar on January 22 and the outcomes will be introduced on January 25.
Sources within the fee additionally indicated that they’re eager to conduct the election in different municipalities on the finish of February. Elections in 107 municipalities and Howrah Municipal Corporation will be held by the top of February. Sources within the fee additionally indicated that the fee would possibly converse to the Disaster Management Department to determine the modalities and different elements associated to this election.
“The election has already been announced and the nomination part has also been over and in this condition, we need to find out the best possible situation without hampering the constitutional provisions. We will also have to work out the modalities for the election,” a senior official on the fee stated.
The division bench of Chief Justice Prakash Srivastava was listening to a PIL filed by one Bimal Bhattacharya, who argued that contemplating the escalating Covid-19 scenario, the civic polls ought to be postponed.
During the listening to on Thursday the state authorities and the fee had tried to push the duty on one another. Advocate showing for the fee Jayanta Mitra had stated that the fee can not take the choice of stopping an election as a result of it’s the state’s duty. “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 stated.
On the opposite hand, the advocate showing for the state stated 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 on this matter.
On Friday, the courtroom directed the fee to take the ultimate name on this concern. Now after the state’s letter to the fee, the ballot panel has no downside in suspending the election.