Sunday, January 29, 2023

Nagaland State govt to appeal to SC for more time to hold ULB polls


Even as the Supreme Court had directed the Nagaland State Election Commission to complete the elections to the local bodies and declare the results by the end of January, 2023, the State government will appeal to the court to seek more time to hold the elections to the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).
Informing this to media persons, minister planning and coordination and land revenue Neiba Kronu said that the decision was made during the cabinet meeting held on Saturday, chaired by chief minister Neiphiu Rio.
He said the advocate general KN Balgopal had briefed the Cabinet about the July 29 order issued by the apex court told to complete the election process by January. The court also sought a report in this regard to be filed by the second week of February 2023.
Kronu said the cabinet deliberated on the matter and after considering that declaring elections during the festive season– December to January may not be feasible, the cabinet decided to appeal to the Supreme Court to give more time to hold the ULB elections.
Since the process of revision of the electoral rolls for all municipal and town councils were in progress, Kronu said it may take some more time as some of the municipal councils like Dimapur, Mokokchung and Kohima were opposed to the conduct of the polls without rectifying or amending the Nagaland Municipal Act 2001.
He, therefore, said it was important to gain the confidence of these municipal councils and complete the process so that ULB polls are held smoothly and avoid a 2017 like situation, where the State had witnessed widespread violence.
Kronu reiterated that the ULB elections will be held, but before that the government will have to appeal to the Supreme Court to grant more time to conduct ULB elections smoothly.
When asked about reports of early arrival of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), Kronu said this was a normal procedure as EVMs are sent in advance before conduct of elections.

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