Madhya Pradesh High Court refuses to interfere in panchayat polls

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jabalpur
  • Updated: Jan 20, 2015 18:27 IST

The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Monday declined to interfere in the ongoing three phase panchayat elections in the state and dismissed three petitions seeking its intervention.

A division bench of Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice SK Gangele observed that the court would not interfere in the ongoing three phase panchayat election process.

The petitions had demanded postponing of the counting of votes for the first phase of district panchayat polls on the ground that it would impact voters' participating in the second and the third rounds of the polls.

State Congress president Arun Yadav, social worker Anurag Modi and Neeraj Singh Thakur had filed the petitions, saying that if the counting of votes was done on January 16, 10 elected members would get 35 days' time to campaign for election to the post of president in the district panchayat.

Voting for the first phase of the three-phase panchayat polls was held on January 13 and the counting was scheduled for January 16. The polls are being held to elect the members of the district, janpad and village panchayats.

While the electronic voting machines (EVMs) were used for janpad and district panchayat polls, ballot papers were used to elect sarpanchs and panchs.

The high court, last week had stayed the counting of votes for the first phase of the district panchayat polls till January 19. However, it had allowed the counting of votes for janpad panchayat and village panchayat polls as per schedule.

State Election Commission counsel Siddarth Seth said that the commission would soon declare the date for the counting of the votes cast on EVMs for the district panchayat members in first phase of panchayat polls held on January 13.

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