Supreme Court gives Tamil Nadu Election Commission an ultimatum

The Supreme Court questioned the Tamil Nadu State Election Commission about the delay in conducting local polls in nine new districts.

As the court observed that the local elections have not been conducted for nearly two years in these districts, it gave a deadline till September 15, and stressed: “Covid is a good excuse in all matters.” The state of Tamil Nadu has so far registered 24.29 lakh coronavirus cases and a staggering 31,386 deaths. Tamil Nadu had been observing an increase in cases at the beginning of this month as Maharashtra witnesses a drop in infection rates.

Heading a two-judge bench, Justice Hemant Gupta, said that COVID-19 was becoming a good excuse in all matters. To justify the delay, the state election commission said that it would need more time as the “electronic voting machines will have to be brought from the Election Commission, and delimitation has to be done.”

The Supreme Court has now set a final date and said that it will give the Tamil Nadu State Election Commission time till September 15 to conclude the election process and said that there are only 9 districts and if not done by the given date the Supreme Court will “initiate contempt action against the state poll body.”

The Supreme Court eliminated the contempt part from its order as the election body pleaded.

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