Thiruvananthapuram: An all party meeting
convened by State Election Commission has reached a
concensus to hold one phase poll to local bodies in the
All Political parties opposed the suggestion of State
Election Commission to hold the local body polls two phases
citing various reasons.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, CPI-M leader
Anathalavattom Anandan, MLA, said representatives of all
political parties wanted the Commission to hold the poll in
Following this, the polls scheduled to be held in September
was likely to be postponed to October, official sources said.
The commission would inform the outcome of the meeting to
government, sources said.
The State Election Commission had a few days back informed
the government that it was not possible to hold local body
elections in 22 civic bodies in September in the wake of a
High Court order connected with delimitation of 14 block
The Commission said it would not be feasible to hold polls
in one phase to all local bodies as it would take a minimum of
one month for reorganisation of block panchayats in question
as directed by the High Court.
The all party meeting of political parties was convened
in this back ground to elicit the views of parties.
Elections to civic bodies are due in September and new
councils have to assume office on October 2 as per law.
Official sources said administrator would be appointed in
local bodies during the period between Oct 2 to till the new
councils assume office.