AG favours early polls to urban local bodies - ECAS Punjab

AG favours early polls to urban local bodies

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Rajmeet Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23

The office of the Punjab Advocate General (AG) has advised the Local Government Department to hold elections to the 129 urban local bodies (ULBs), including nine Municipal Corporations, at the earliest.

The terms of most of the ULB ended this year in March or April. Later, the government appointed Additional Deputy Commissioners or Sub-Divisional Magistrates as administrators for six months. The terms of the administrators will end in September.

Gauging the mood

A senior official says the government is keen to hold the elections in October, as it wants to gauge the mood of the urban voters before the Assembly elections in March 2022.

Based on the legal opinion, the Local Government Department would take up the matter with Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. In a meeting of Cabinet sub-committee on ULB elections, chaired by the Chief Minister on July 18, ministers had proposed holding of the elections on October 11, before the beginning of the festive season and procurement in mid-October.

Sources in the government said in light of the Covid and curbs being imposed from time to time by the Centre and state, there were valid reasons to delay the elections.

The department today held a meeting with ULB officials regarding the pending delimitation cases. A senior official said the government was keen to hold the elections in October, as it wanted to gauge the mood of the urban voters before the Assembly elections in March 2022.

However, the CM has already told his Cabinet colleagues that the government would have to factor in the peak of the pandemic while deciding upon the poll dates.



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