Gujarat EC postpones local body elections

first_imgGujarat State Election Commission has announced postponement of polls to various local bodies in the state, citing law and order situation as a reason. The announcement was made thorough a notification issued by the commission.Though the notification does not mention the exact reasons affecting the law and order situation, it is believed that the the commission is concerned about the current scene prevailing in the state due to the Patel quota stir. As per the notification issued by the Secretary in the state Election Commission Mahesh Joshi, the decision to hold the election to the local bodies, including municipalities and district panchayats, will be taken within three months time after examining the situation. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damThe notification stated that elections to six municipal corporations, 56 municipalities, 230 taluka panchayats and 31 district panchayats were expected to be held between October and November this year as the term of these bodies is expiring in the period.“Keeping in mind the necessity to hold elections in free, fair and peaceful environment, the commission has evaluated the present law and order situation across the state. After such evaluation, we have decided not to hold elections at present,” the release stated. Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probe“The commission will take a decision to hold elections in next three months after re-examining the situation in the state,” the notification, signed by Joshi, said. The announcement came hours after the Gujarat Governor O P Kohli issued an ordinance to bring uniformity in the law about the situations where local body elections are deferred. The Supreme Court has recently stayed the elections to municipalities and municipal corporations, after a plea by advocate Anirudh Sharma.last_img