Municipal elections at any time after 14th July: State Election Commissioner Nagi Reddy
Hyderabad: State Election Commissioner V Nagi Reddy on Monday said that the Commission was ready to hold municipal elections in the State at any time after July 14.
To conduct municipal elections in the state, the SEC held a meeting with all political parties in the State. The SEC said that the Commission will finalize the reservations forwards on July 14.
The final voter list will be published on 14th July. Before finalizing the final voter list, the voter list of assembly elections will be considered.
The Commission has already communicated to the Collectors and the Chief Electoral Officer in this regard said Nagi Reddy and the supplementary list would also be issued on July 14.
The SEC said that the elections to municipalities will be done by ballot paper. The polling stations would be decided after arriving the number of voters in each municipal ward.
There may be around 800 voters in each polling station and there would be the same number of polling stations which were used during the Assembly elections. The SEC said that there would be meeting with the officials on July 11 and with Municipal Commissioners on July 13.
The SEC said that the recognized parties will be given their registered symbols and the rules will be followed for allotting common symbols to others.
The opposition parties questioned the Commission over the 'hasty' decision by the SEC to conduct elections and alleged that the Commission was under pressure from the government.
Congress leader M Sashidhar Reddy said that they have sought time after finalisation of delimitation and reservations.
Earlier there used to be six months after delimitation of wards and we wanted the SEC to continue the same tradition, said Reddy.
Congress leader G Niranjan said that the government sought 119 days for taking up elections. "The Commission should not become a puppet in the hands of the government. Why the time is reduced.
The elections should be taken up in a transparent manner," he said.
TDP leader Ravula Chandrashekar Reddy alleged that the Commission lost its independence by bowing down to pressure from the government.
How people can raise objections on the voter list in a very short time, he asked. He said that his party had opposed the government's decision to bring an ordinance.
BJP leader S Malla Reddy alleged that the government was making a mockery of the democratic process. "The government first sought 119 day's time and now limited the process to 14 days, which is not correct. Without having the voter list, wards delimitation will not be proper. Elections should be taken up as per the affidavit submitted in court," said Malla Reddy.
CPI leader P Venkata Reddy objected to raising the expenditure limit to Rs 2 lakh. CPI-M K Narasimha Reddy alleged that the wards were divided unscientifically.
TRS G Ramachandra Rao said that the party had welcomed the elections. He found fault with other parties for questioning the SEC on taking up elections. He also demanded the SEC not to increase the expenditure limit and wanted the Commission to monitor the money spent.
Source-The HANS INDIA