SC verdict shows SEC crossed its limits


Amaravati: Terming the Supreme Court verdict as big blow to the State Election Commission (SEC) which has overstepped its limits by unilaterally postponing the election process of local bodies and announcing that the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) will continue. 

The apex court has passed serious comments on the conduct of the State Election Commissioner and pointedly questioned as to how can the SEC can postpone elections on one hand and continue MCC. The Court felt that there must be political colours and said in unequivocal words that all development works can be carried out without any interruption, MLA Ambati Rambabu told reporters here on Wednesday.    

The Court has also said that the decision on future dates of conduct of elections should be done in consultation with the state government which shows that the SEC has erred by not taking the State into confidence by postponing the polls. 

While endorsing the election process which took place till now, the Court has asked the SEC to go ahead with the remaining part of the election in consultation with the State government, he said. 

The Court was convinced that there were political colours behind the decision and asked why did the matter come to this extent when pointed out that the SEC, which has come with a caveat, has given notice that no development activities can be carried out when the MCC is in force even after postponing the elections. The governance will come to a standstill with such a decision and political colours are clearly visible, he said.  

This is a clear conspiracy of TDP using the SEC by making an attempt to bring the State Governance to a standstill and takeover the governance in the name of MCC, he said and the court remarks is like a slap in the face to them. The court verdict is a big blow to the vested interests who were behind the decision. 

We are happy that YSRCP is part of this historic decision which has shown State Election Commission its place, he said adding that postponing the election without consulting the state government is a blunder which was echoed in the court room as well. 

The SEC decision has come at a time when election process has come to a near end with nominations and withdrawals being over and polling beginning in one week’s time. The Coronavirus threat is in Stage one now and if the elections were held as per schedule, the elected members could have been useful in carrying out the preventive measures as elected local representatives, he said adding that may be the Court took this point of view into consideration and directed the SEC to consult state government before finalizing the next date. 

At least now, we hope the SEC will be fair and impartial hereafter and from our side the government and officials will extend their full cooperation, he said. 

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