The Supreme Court on May 23, 2021 (Wednesday) directed the ‘State Election Commission in Tamil Nadu’ to conclude the whole process of the ‘local body elections’ in the nine (9) newly formed districts before or up to 15th September of this month (2021) including also the publication and notification of the election and also the schedule of the election including the schedule of declaration of the result of elections.
The Divisional Bench Comprising of Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Aniruddha Bose who was hearing the ‘Miscellaneous Application’ the plea was filed before the Supreme Court and even though the Supreme Court directed the State Government in December, 2019 to limits the guidelines for the nine (9) newly constituted or formed districts in a Tamil Naidu before the tenure of three (3) months.
However, the State Government was not pretty punctual so they take enough time to conclude the election around more than 18 months they take to conclude or finished the same and seeks more than half month i.e. more than 6 months to conclude the election.
During hearing i.e. yesterday’ s hearing the Senior Advocate P.S. Narasimha appearing for ‘Election Commission of India (ECI)’ informed the court in detailed that around four (4) months were completely or wholly required to complete the local body elections that is going to be held in the Tamil Naidu State.
The statement of the in 2018-2019. Even the delimitation was supposed to be done in 4 Senior Advocate initially was opposed by the court “Your tenure endedmonths, but instead 18 months have passed. Hold the elections by August 31. We are aware of the ground realities. It's the political partiies who are not ready".
In the response of the Court statement The Senior Advocate Narasimha submitted that due to havoc situation i.e. due to the Covid – 19 pandemic the whole working and process was disturbed. He asserted his word by the supported word of the Senior Advocate P. Wilson representing the state who stated that “Efficiency of the administration is not in question, your Lordships. Tamil Nadu has a high number of cases; it is a health issue".
The court said that due to the Covid – 19 everything is become a “good excuse for all the matters,” the court stated that “We grant extension of time till 15th September, 2021 to complete the entire process including publication/notification of election schedule and the result thereof before 15th September, 2021 as the constitutional mandate to conduct elections in the time bound manner cannot be defeated in this manner",
In December 11, 2019 the Supreme Court ordered by Bench comprising of Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, and Justices S. Abdul Nazeer and Sanjib Khanna, has disposed the PIL which was “issuing direction to the Respondents that the impending elections to all wards and offices were to be conducted relying on the 2011 census irrespective of the number of seats after the delimitation exercise. The time that had been given to carry the delimitation exercise had been fixed at 3 months. "