File affidavit on delimitation, reservation of ULB wards, HC tells govt

File affidavit on delimitation, reservation of ULB wards, HC tells govt

File affidavit on delimitation, reservation of ULB wards, HC tells govt

The high court on Thursday directed the government to file an affidavit stating the necessary action to be taken with regard to issue of final notifications for delimitation list and reservation list, while hearing a matter regarding urban local body (ULB) elections.

A division bench of acting Chief Justice H G Ramesh and Justice P S Dinesh Kumar was hearing a petition filed by the the State Election Commission (SEC), seeking directions to the government to issue a final notification  for delimitation of wards in 18 ULBs and notification on reservation for all wards in 215 ULBs.  

The government orally submitted to the court that it will issue the final notification on the list of delimitation of wards in 18 local ULBs by March 31. The government also said it will issue the notification for reservation of all wards of 215 ULBs by April 30.

On Monday, the court had observed that the delay in issue of notification by the government was a matter of serious concern as the SEC had moved the court against the government.

The SEC counsel, in the last hearing, had said that the commission had proposed to hold the first phase of elections to 116 municipalities (urban local bodies) in July. For this, the government had issued the list for delimitation of wards, which would result in delay in conducting the elections. The matter was adjourned to February 14.

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