New Delhi: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam has filed a plea requesting the apex court to strike down a rural civic election notification issued by the Tamil Nadu State Election Commission (SEC) on December 2, 2019, stated a report. The petition was filed by C R Jayasukin.Also Read - CPI Leader Sitaram Yechury Meets DMK Chief MK Stalin, to Contest Upcoming Tamil Nadu Elections Together
Earlier, Jayasukin had filed an application to ensure that the SEC finishes all the legal formalities before issuing the election notification. However, the election notification was issued on December 2 without exercising the delimitation of wards in the nine newly formed districts in Tamil Nadu. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Elections 2016: Jayalalithaa's AIADMK likely to have ten new faces in her cabinet
Besides, the election notification which has the dates of rural local body elections does not have the election dates of town panchayats, municipalities and corporations in Tamil Nadu, stated a report. Also Read - More than 3,800 candidates in fray in Tamil Nadu elections
On December 6, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the pending petitions including a petition filed by the DMK over the non-completion of delimitation of wards and reservation to those belonging to Scheduled Caste (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) and women from all categories in the local bodies.
Petitioner Jayasukin noted that no election can be held in the nine newly formed districts of Tamil Nadu without completing the delimitation process. A report by Times of India quoted the petitioner as saying, “For these districts, no elections can be held, since there has been no formation and incorporation of district panchayats in accordance with Section 24 of the Tamil Nadu Panchayats Act.”
It must be noted that the SEC had on Monday announced that a two-phased election in Tamil Nadu will be held on December 27 and 30 this year.