Urban local body polls to be held in Tamil Nadu before December | Chennai News – Times of India


CHENNAI: Work is on to conduct urban local body polls in Tamil Nadu before December this year, municipal administration and water supply minister K N Nehru said on Saturday.
Elections to rural local bodies must be conducted before September 15 in nine newly created districts as per an order of the Supreme Court.
“The chief minister has told us to conduct election to urban local bodies in one or two months after the rural body polls are over. The CM will make an announcement in the upcoming budget session. He has already said the terms of elected rural local bodies (for which polls were held in December 2019) will not be disturbed and they will complete their five-year tenure,” Nehru told TOI.
While the DMK election manifesto was silent on urban local body polls, the leadership is keen on holding the elections given the popularity of the government. Recently, the ruling DMK and the opposition AIADMK exhorted party workers to start poll work.
Nehru said the previous regime had done delimitation of wards in 2018 and issued a government order on quota for SC and ST and women. But the exercise was incorrect and even the number of voters was not maintained properly. “Wards that had more women voters were designated as men’s wards and reserved seats became general seats. A lot of complaints poured in and all these must be set right,” the minister said. The government will look into these issues before issuing another order for delimitation of wards as it has plans to upgrade municipalities and corporations, Nehru said, adding that announcement on upgrading them will be made in the assembly.
Elections to urban local bodies was last held in October 2011. The previous AIADMK government’s attempts to hold polls when former chief minister J Jayalalithaa was hospitalised in 2016 did not materialise as the Madras high court cancelled the notification citing non-compliance with the Tamil Nadu Panchayat (Election) Rules 1995. The DMK also moved the court complaining that delimitation of wards was wrongly done by the AIADMK government. Finally, rural local body poll was conducted in 2019 except in nine new districts that were bifurcated and trifurcated by the EPS government.

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