The State Election Commission (SEC) has submitted an affidavit before the Gujarat High Court stating that the petition challenging two different dates of vote counting in civic body polls in the state is not maintainable.
The SEC affidavit further stated that it is an autonomous constitutional body. “If vote counting for two different phases of elections is to be done on two separate dates it doesn’t violate anyone’s constitutional right. The petition is filed based on assumption that due to different dates of vote counting the election will be affected. Hence the petition is not maintainable,” the affidavit said.
The matter is likely to be heard on February 9.
What is the civic body polls petition about?
Earlier, the Gujarat High Court had issued notice to the state election commission and state government in a petition challenging the SEC’s decision to hold counting of votes for the first phase of the civic body polls before commencing voting for the second phase of the election.
The petition before the court sought vote counting of six municipal corporations and district panchayats, taluka panchayats, and nagarpalika on the same day.
The SEC has officially declared that civic body polls in the state will be held in two phases and vote counting will also be held on two different dates. The vote counting for six municipal corporations along with Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation will be held on February 23, whereas vote counting for other district panchayats and taluka panchayats, and nagarpalikas will be on March 2.
The civic body polls in the state will be held in two phases – election for six municipal corporations along with Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation on February 21, and polls for 81 corporations, 31 district panchayats, and 231 taluka panchayats will be held on February 28.
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