Karnataka asks State Election Commission to postpone all polls to next year | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: The Karnataka cabinet on Thursday decided to write to the State Election Commission and the chief electoral officer to postpone all elections, including taluk and zilla panchayat polls which involve 3.5 crore voters, to next year in the light of a possible third Covid-19 wave.
State can’t afford polls now: Bommai
This is the second time the cabinet decided to urge the Election Commission to postpone polls. In April, it had sought deferment by six months after the second Covid wave hit the state. The BBMP, which came under the rule of an administrator nearly a year ago, will not see elections this year too.
The EC’s decision to conduct bypolls in Belagavi, Basavakalyan and Maski earlier this year drew sharp criticism after Covid-19 cases shot up in these districts. Law and parliamentary affairs minister Basavaraj Bommai said the state cannot afford elections at this juncture.
He said the cabinet agreed to hold elections to the posts of president and vice-president of co-operative societies. “The co-operation minister had said these elections do not involve more than 10-20 people in every society and that it will go a long way in ensuring transparency and accountability,” he said.

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