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Civic polls: HC admits TN Election Commission's appeal

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The Madras High today admitted an appeal filed by State Commission (SEC) against the order of a single judge who set aside the notification for the local body elections in

A division bench also ordered issue of notices to the state Government and on the matter returnable by four weeks.

The High had on October four declared the notification for civic polls in the state, scheduled for October 17 and 19, as null and void, holding that it violated the Rules.

It had also directed authorities to issue a fresh notification for holding the and complete the process by December 31, on a petition by

In his petition, leader and member RS Barathy had contended that rules were not followed and mandatory reservation for was not provided in the civic posts.

Challenging the Single Judge's order the SEC's had filed an appeal.

In its appeal the Commission submitted that the order of setting aside the September 26thnotification issued for civic Polls had resulted in grave miscarriage of justice.

It was also submitted that the Single Judge had failed to see that once election notification is published, the entire state machinery can be requisitioned by the Election Commission for election-related work.

"Therefore, it is not desirable to prolong the period as it may result in administrative inconvenience. The observation of the judge that the SEC had acted with unwarranted hurry is not justified in the facts of the case", the SEC submitted.

Elections have to be held within a stipulated time as it was imperative that new body must take office by the end of October 2016. The judge also erred in stating that the ruling party had advance information regarding the polls.

The observation may not be justified in the facts of this case, it was submitted.

The judge in any event failed to see that the so-called contravention of Rule 24/25 of the Rules may not amount to illegalities. Also, at the best, it can only be an irregularity which will not justify stopping of election after the election notification had been issued.

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First Published: Tue, October 18 2016. 15:13 IST