Himachal Panchayati Raj Polls: 80,000 in fray; 102 panchayats elected unopposed


    Himachal Panchayati Raj Polls: 80,000 in fray; 102 panchayats elected unopposed

    By: Express News Service|Shimla |

    January 7, 2021 8: 25: 58 pm

    For the block development council or panchayat samiti elections, more than 6,700 candidates are contesting for almost 1,700 seats.

    More than 80,000 prospects remain in fray for elections to numerous panchayati raj bodies in Himachal Pradesh which are to be held later this month, the state election commission Thursday said. There are around 3,600 gram panchayats, 78 panchayat samitis and 12 zila parishads in the state, many of which will be going to polls in 3 phases from January 17 to 21.

    Last lists of entrants to various posts of all 3 tiers of panchayati raj institutions have been displayed in public offices following the expiration period of withdrawal of candidature, the commission stated.

    For the 11 Zila Parishads going to polls this month, the names of around 1,200 prospects have actually been settled for 249 seats following the rejection and withdrawal of prospects. Elections to the Lahaul Spiti Zila Parishad and some other panchayati raj bodies are due later on this year as their terms have actually not ended yet.

    For the block development council or panchayat samiti elections, more than 6,700 prospects are contesting for nearly 1,700 seats. For the gram panchayat elections, there are more than 16,000 candidates objecting to for the pradhan posts, around 18,500 candidates objecting to for the up-pradhan posts and around 39,500 candidates objecting to for ward membership.

    Over 100 panchayats chosen unopposed

    At least 102 panchayats, consisting of 33 in Sirmaur, 23 in Kinnaur and 11 in Lahaul-Spiti, have been elected unopposed. Besides, 14 pradhans, 30 up-pradhans and 54 panchayat samiti members have actually also been chosen unopposed. Election officials stated that an award money will be given to panchayats which have totally been elected unopposed.

    * Petitions challenging reservation rosters dismissed *

    The High Court of Himachal Pradesh has actually dismissed 4 civil writ petitions, which had actually challenged the booking lineup provided for the elections in some parts of the state. The petitions alleged prohibited repeating of reservation of some locations for a particular category. However following the federal government’s submission, the high court concluded that in every third cycle of elections, there is bound to be repetition of appointment in some locations due to the formula for appointment of seats based on Short article 243 of the Constitution, the HP Panchayati Raj Act and the HP Panchayati Raj (Election) Rules.

    Some other issues raised in the petitions were likewise dismissed because the election process is currently underway and the petitions could not be considered maintainable at this late stage due to the limitations on judicial review imposed by Short article 243- O of the Constitution, the high court said.

    For the future, the court has directed the state federal government to make fresh allotment of appointment in case of re-organised, bifurcated, apart or newly-created gram panchayats, keeping in view the changed population structure. The court has actually likewise asked the federal government to make the booking lineups public a minimum of three months before the start of the election procedure so that such conflicts can be fixed prompt.

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