BBMP waits for notice after SC verdict on MP Local Body election

Bangalore BBMP Elections Karnataka State

The Karnataka State Election Commission held an internal meeting regarding the civic body elections and a notice will be issued soon.

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike waits for a notice from the State Election Commission to hold the much-awaited BBMP election after the SC verdict.

“We haven’t received any notice from the Karnataka State Election Commission (KSEC) and Karnataka government. As soon as we receive any notice we will start working on it,” said BBMP Public Relations Officer (PRO).

The KSEC spokesperson said that an internal meeting was held yesterday and the decision regarding conducting the pending elections will be notified soon to the media.

The court made it clear in its order that the directive applies to all states and union territories, not just Madhya Pradesh.

A report stated thatthe Bengaluru civic body elections have been delayed for almost two years now. The BBMP elections were scheduled to be held in September 2020 but were stalled due to a delimitation exercise started by the government well after the due date. Now, the SC said that if there is a need to undertake delimitation — which is a continuous exercise to be undertaken by the concerned authority — it ought to start well in advance to ensure that the elections to the concerned local bodies are notified in time, the report further mentioned..

In its order, the SC said that the ongoing activity of delimitation or formation of wards cannot be a legitimate ground to not discharge its constitutional obligation in notifying the elections and ensuring that an elected body is installed before the expiry of the five-year term of the outgoing elected body.