After a long court battle, the State Election Commission has declared BBMP polls for the second time. According to the fresh calendar of events, BBMP polls will be held on August 22nd, and model code of conduct will be in effect from July 17th.
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State Election Commissioner P N Sreenivasachari in a press meet on Thursday, declared the freshly prepared election schedule. During the hearing of the election related petition in the High Court on July 13th, the SEC had assured the HC that it would submit the fresh election schedule by Friday.
Announcing the calendar of events, Sreenivasachari said that the election would be held in a single phase.
- August 3rd: BBMP Commissioner to issue election notification
- August 10th: Last date for filing nominations
- August 10th: Last date for citizens to enrol on the voters list (Click here to know how)
- August 11th: Nominations scrutiny
- August 13th: Last date for withdrawing nominations
- August 22nd: Poll day
- August 25th: Counting of votes
SC clarifies on poll date
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Thursday, clarified to the State government that the eight weeks time granted to hold election was applicable from July 2nd. The State government had filed a petition in the Supreme Court this week, seeking clarification from the apex court on its previous order on BBMP election. The government sought to know whether the eight week deadline applied from July 2nd (day of judgment) or from August 5th (the day election was supposed to be held according to SEC’s first calendar of events).
When the government attempted to convince the SC division bench to extend the deadline, by citing BBMP restructuring as the reason, the SC directed the government to give its explanation before the High Court, when the BBMP election case comes up for hearing on Friday July 17th.