News Desk, Amar Ujala, Bhopal
Updated Sat, 26 Dec 2020 10:03 PM IST
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The order states that out of the total 407 urban bodies in the state, the tenure of 307 expired on September 25, 2020 and the tenure of 8 urban bodies is being completed in January and February 2021. The tenure of Panch, Sarpanch, Janpad members and Zila Panchayat members in three-tier Panchayats has also ended in March 2020. Along with this, elections to 29 newly formed city councils are also to be held. The State Election Commission says that it is not possible to hold elections under the present circumstances amid the threat of corona infection.
The Commission’s order said, after assessing the current situation, it has been found that the infection of Kovid-19 is continuously increasing. It is not possible in the present circumstances to conduct free and fair elections in view of the protection of the health of the people. He said that the general elections proposed in December, 2020 and January, 2021 of the urban bodies, exercising the powers obtained in Articles 243-K and 243-ZA of the Constitution, except Municipal Council Narwar District Shivpuri (as decided by Hon’ble High Court) , To be conducted after 20 February 2021. Similarly, due to corona, the proposed general elections of three-tier panchayats in December-2020 and January-2021 will be held after February-2021.
Let me tell you that a few days ago, the State Election Commission had talked about getting ready for the civic body and panchayat elections. The order issued by the State Election Commission stated that it is the constitutional obligation of the Commission to hold elections before the completion of the term of the local bodies.