Panchayat Polls: SEC reschedules phase 1 of Elections

While the first phase of the panchayat elections was scheduled to be held from February 5th, the State Election Commission has now rescheduled it following the lack of arrangements by the state government. 
Hours after the Supreme Court cleared the decks for the conduct of elections, State Election Commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar revised the first phase of election to February 21.
In a notification issued earlier this week, the Commission said it took the decision after receiving information from several quarters that necessary arrangements were not made by the district administrations to receive nominations from candidates as scheduled from Monday for phase I of the elections, awaiting instructions from the government. 
“The SEC came to a conclusion that the election process has been vitiated as the district administrations have not made arrangements for receiving nominations for the phase-I panchayat elections scheduled from Monday,’’ the SEC said.
In the wake of this, the SEC said it rescheduled the first phase election as phase IV and as a consequence of this, the phase II, Phase III and Phase IV elections will become Phase I, Phase II and Phase III. 
Meanwhile, the SEC has reportedly written to the Union Cabinet Secretary to allot the employees of the Central government as well as Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) for the election duties in the State in the wake of the State government employees reluctance to perform duties citing the Covid pandemic and insisting that they will attend election duties only after getting vaccinated.
Subsequently, Ramesh Kumar also directed the District Collectors to give an indent for getting the services of the Central government and PSU employees for the election duties. 
Here’s the revised poll schedule: 
Phase - I - February 9
Phase- II - February 13
Phase-III - February 17
Phase-IV - February 21
  • Schedule for phase IV election  (Earlier called phase 1)
  • Date of issue of notification and filing of nominations (10.30 am to 5 pm) - February 10
  • Last date for filing nominations - Feb 12
  • Scrutiny of nominations - Feb 13
  • Appeal against rejection of nominations - Feb 14
  • Disposal of appeals - Feb 15
  • Last date for withdrawal of nominations - Feb 16
  • Publication of final list of candidates - Feb 16
  • Elections (wherever necessary) - Feb 21
  • Counting of votes and declaration of results - Feb 21 (from 4 pm)

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