For the past three days, the AP High Court bench consisting of Chief Justice A.K. Goswami and Justice C. Praveen Kumar has been hearing the arguments on conducting the local body elections. Today, the bench concluded the hearing and passed the orders to conduct the local body elections as per the schedule issued by the SEC on 8th January.
On 8th January, SEC released a schedule for conducting the Panchayat election in four phases which was challenged by the government in the HC. A single-judge bench issued orders staying the election process. SEC filed a writ petition in the HC which has taken up the hearing on 18th January. HC has quashed the order given by the single judge bench and passed orders for conducting the Panchayat elections.
The HC also commented that both elections and public health are important and directed the state government to coordinate with SEC for conducting the elections. Following the court’s judgment, Election Commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar issued a press note stating that the elections will be conducted in four phases i.e; 5th, 9th, 13th, and 17th February.
AP government employees union is likely to move to Supreme Court challenging the HC orders. K. Venkatrami Reddy, President of AP Secretariat Employees Association said that they will be moving to SC urging to postpone the elections for the next two months as the employees would be busy with the vaccination process.