TN urban local body election to be held only next year?

Chennai: With the Supreme Court on Monday granting four more months to the Tamilnadu State Election Commission’s (TNSEC) for concluding the poll process for the urban local body elections in the State, it is said that the polls will be held early next year.

‘Since new Corporations have been formed including Tambaram, a lot of work needs to be done. Hence, it will be possible to conduct the polls early 2022,’ sources said.

A bench comprising Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli took note of the submissions that now six more municipal corporations and 28 new municipalities have been added and some more time would be needed to complete the poll-related formalities.

‘Even if the reasons are very silly, we want to give some more time,’ the bench said and asked senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the State poll panel, as to how much time he wanted for the TNSEC.

The State poll panel has sought time till April 2022 for carrying out the preparatory works to complete the election process as ordered by the apex court earlier.’Four months time,’ the CJI said, which was accepted by the TNSEC.


NT Bureau