Orissa HC notices to SEC, chief secretary over delay in holding civic polls

Three separate petitions filed by two BJP leaders and a former bureaucrat alleged that the State Election Commission, which conducts the civic polls failed in carrying out its Constitutional mandate.

Published: 25th August 2021 11:13 PM  |   Last Updated: 25th August 2021 11:13 PM   |  A+A-

Orissa High Court

Orissa High Court (Photo | EPS)

By PTI

CUTTACK: The Orissa High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the state chief secretary, the State Election Commission (SEC) and others in connection with petitions seeking immediate election to the urban local bodies (ULBs), which was not held after expiry of the boards' terms around three years ago.

Holding an analogous hearing of three similar petitions, a division bench headed by Chief Justice S Muralidhar issued the notices seeking to know within four weeks as to why elections to the ULBs were not held for such a long time.

The notice was also sent to two other secretaries.

The five-year term of 114 ULBs has ended in September 2018 or earlier.

The petitions were filed by senior BJP leader and former minister Samir Dey, former bureaucrat Prasanna Mishra and BJP MLA Jayant Sarangi.

The petitions alleged that the SEC, which conducts the civic polls, has failed in carrying out its Constitutional mandate.



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