High Court dismisses plea challenging election date

The Bombay High Court on Thursday dismissed a petition filed by an Independent candidate contesting the schedule of upcoming civic elections.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:February 10, 2012 12:41 am

The Bombay High Court on Thursday dismissed a petition filed by an Independent candidate contesting the schedule of upcoming civic elections. Anagha Kolhe,who filed her nomination from Bhandup,had contended that according to the Mumbai Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act,1888,the election could be held only 21 days after the last date of accepting election candidates’ nomination forms.

Since,the last date of accepting nominations was January 31,the election should have been held on February 21 and not February 16,she stated.

The SEC had,however,stated that the mandatory 21-day gap between filing of nominations and the election was observed from January 24,the first day of accepting nominations,and not January 31.

Accepting the submissions made on behalf of the SEC,Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice N M Jamdar refused to grant any relief to Kolhe.

Kolhe had also contended that the Independent candidates who were assigned their symbols on February 6 would effectively have only nine days to campaign.

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