WHILE LAYING the foundation stone of a college in the city recently, Urban Development Minister Azam Khan had said that the State Government would hold the urban local bodies’ elections on time. Contrary to the statement of the minister, the State Government is maintaining a stunning silence on the letters written by the State Election Commissioner requesting the government to notify the dates of the poll.
State Election Commissioner Aparmita Prasad Singh shot off a third letter to the State Government on Monday drawing its attention towards the delay in issuing notification for the civic polls.
In his letter, Singh reminded the government of the need to issue the notification at the earliest because the process was time consuming.
After notification of the poll, the State Election Commission (SEC) issues necessary orders and gets the district collectors into poll mode.
“The poll personnel is trained and a fortnight is required to complete all the process. The process includes printing and transportation of ballot papers, setting up booths and deputation of poll personnel,” an officer of the SEC said.
Earlier, the Urban Development Department had intimated the SEC about the possible dates of notification and polling. It had sought the approval of the SEC for the same.
The Urban Development Department had written that poll notification would be issued on August 21. The Department wanted to hold the poll in three phases on September 19, 22 and 25 and counting on September 28.
However, the SEC suggested amendments to the proposal. In view of festivals falling in the last week of September and early October, the SEC urged the Urban Development Department to complete the poll process by September 22. Since then, there has been no communication from the Urban Development Department.