The civic polls that were scheduled to be held in December but got postponed due to the COVID pandemic had raised questions about who will carry out the functioning of municipal and local bodies once the term of the elected members come to an end.
Deputy chief minister Nitin Patel on Wednesday while talking to reporters said that as long as the civic polls are not held and new representatives are not elected, the functioning of local bodies will be carried out by the respective administration.
Nitin Patel said that municipal commissioners will handle the administration in municipal corporation, District Development Officers (DDOs) in District Panchayats and Chief Officers in Nagarpalika will be responsible for the administration until new representatives are elected through civic polls.
He said the caretaker administration will only handle the routine work of the civic bodies. They will not have the power to frame rules or come up with new projects.
Patel said as per the constitution the term of the public representatives cannot be extended once it has come to an end. He said the State Election Commission will have to hold civic polls by February end.
Civic Polls in AMC and elsewhere
The AMC’s present administration’s term will come to an end on December 14 while the corporators have already been in power for five years. In 2015, the corporators were elected on December 2 and by that calculation, their five-year term has come to an end.
The present mayor was appointed on December 14, 2015, and the term will end this year on the same date.
The Gujarat Election Commission had in October postponed the municipal and panchayat elections due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The commission in a release had said given the “exceptional times” holding of polls would result in the diversion of state administration machinery currently engaged in containing the outbreak.
Elections to six municipal corporations, including Ahmedabad, 55 municipalities, 31 district panchayats, and 231 taluka panchayats were to be held in November since their five-year terms would end in the second week of December.
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