SC to hear DMK's plea against EC decision to hold TN rural polls sans legal formalities


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear on Thursday a fresh plea of the DMK, seeking a direction to the Election Commission to complete formalities such as the delimitation of constituencies and reservation aspects before going ahead with the panchayat and local body election in Tamil Nadu.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde took note of the submissions of senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for the DMK.

“The poll process had been set in motion without concluding the legal formalities with regard to delimitation exercise and reservation aspects in the upcoming elections”, the senior lawyer said.

"List it for hearing on Thursday," the bench, which also comprised Justice B R Gavai and Justice Surya Kant said.

As per the report, the plea needed to be heard urgently as the poll panel has announced on Monday morning that elections to rural local bodies in Tamil Nadu will be held in two phases, on December 27 and 30.

As per the report, the model code of conduct comes into force immediately in local bodies that go to elections and the poll notification will be issued on December 6.

The nominations can be filed from December 6 to December 13 and the scrutiny will be taken up on December 16.

The last date for withdrawal of nominations is December 18.

The counting of votes will be taken up on January 2.


With inputs from PTI


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