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Civic body polls: Kerala HC directs EC to update voters' list?

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

The Kerala High Court on Thursday

allowed an appeal seeking a directive to the Election Commission to conduct the local body elections based on the voters' list it had prepared for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

It also directed the EC to update the voters' list incorporating names of the qualified voters upto February 7, 2020, for the civic body polls schduled later this year.

The Division Bench of Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice Shaji P Chaly gave the direction on the writ appeal filed by leaders of the Congress-led UDF including Sooppy Narikkatteri of IUML and others.

They moved the bench after a single judge dismissed their petition challenging the decision of the State Election Commission to conduct the upcoming local body elections based on the voters' list it had prepared for the 2015 civic body polls.

Dismissing the plea, the single bench had held that the matters relating to election was the prerogative of Election Commission.

Narikkatteri and the UDF leaders had moved the court after the SEC had issued a direction to the election officers to renew the electoral roll of all local bodies.

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First Published: Thu, February 13 2020. 18:28 IST