WITH ALLAHABAD High Court taking a tough stand on the urban local bodies election, the State Government on Wednesday decided to issue a notification for the same.
Though there was no official confirmation, sources in the government said it had been decided to hold the election in three phases, between October 20 to November 10.
The state government had pleaded in the court that it was unable to hold the election as it was yet to complete the reservation of the local bodies chairmen.
Sources in the Urban Development Department said the work regarding reservation was now in progress. “We hope to issue notification for the chairmen’s posts within next three days,” they said.
“If the reservation work is not completed before the issuance of the notification, then the election would be held on the basis of previous reservation,” sources said.
In an earlier order, the Allahabad High Court had directed the state government to hold the election within six months of the expiry of the tenure of the previous body. In view of this order, the poll should have been held in May 2006.
Later, a contempt of the court petition was filed in this regard. During the hearing, the state government informed the court that it would issue notification on August 21 and complete the poll process by August 28.
Since then the government had been maintaining a stoic silent on the issue. In an order passed on September 8… the High Court had directed the state government to issue the notification before September 22, the next date for hearing of the case.
The State Election Commission has already informed the state government that it has completed all the preparations for the urban local bodies poll and is awaiting a green light from the government to start the poll process.
Meanwhile, principal secretary, Urban Development, Amal Kumar Verma told HT on Wednesday, “We have to respect the HC order and issue notification as directed by the court,” Verma said.