The Andhra Pradesh High Court (HC) on the 21st of January, gave a green signal to the Gram Panchayat elections in Andhra Pradesh.
According to sources, the A.P., HC during a review struck down the verdict given by the single judge bench of the HC regarding the elections.
The High Court commented that both public health and elections are important and elections should be held without bothering anyone on the scheduled time.
The Court reviewed a petition filed against the Single Judge Bench orders to delay the panchayat elections. The State Election Commission (SEC) approached the High Court on an interim order issued by a single judge suspending the election process.
In addition, the High Court also directed the Andhra Pradesh Government to cooperate with the SEC to ensure smooth conduct of the elections.
The HC bench comprising Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh A.K.Goswami and Justice C. Praveen Kumar concluded their hearing on the petition.
Meanwhile, as per the schedule, the elections would begin in February.
On the night of the 8th of January, Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar, the State Election Commissioner (SEC) of Andhra Pradesh announced the Gram Panchayat elections. The elections are scheduled to be held in four phases, beginning from the 5th of February.
The notification for the first phase of the Gram Panchayat elections will be issued on the 23rd of January and polling held on the 5th of February.
For the second phase, the notification will be issued on the 27th of January and polling on the 9th of February. The third phase polling is scheduled for the 13th of February, for which the notification would be issued on the 31st of January.
The final phase polling would be held on the 17th of February and the notification would be issued on the 4th of February, according to the SECs schedule.
Stay tuned for further updates.