The State Election Commissioner challenged the orders issued by the single judge bench suspending the Panchayat election notification. A holiday bench consisting of Justice U. Durga Prasad Rao and B. Krishna Mohan postponed the hearing to 18th January and issued orders for the same. Advocate General S. Sriram informed the court that despite the postponement of the hearing there will be no interruption in preparing the voters list for the local body election.
He informed that the government is not introducing new welfare schemes that might influence the voters. The government would seek the permission of the Election Commissioner if there are any such welfare schemes. HC informed SEC that it can approach them if the government introduces new schemes and welfare programs to influence the voters before 18th January.
Responding to the postponement, SEC’s lawyer said there would be a lot of confusion among the contestants and the voters if the orders of the single judge are valid till 18th January. He said they have received more than 4,000 queries and emails as soon as the single judge bench issued orders to suspend the elections. He requested the court to immediately take up the hearing so as to avoid confusion.
You can read more about the issue between SEC and state government at- AP High Court suspends panchayat elections notification – AP Truth