The Madras High Court on Tuesday set aside the notification for civic polls in Tamil Nadu scheduled for October 17 and October 19.
Passing orders on the petitions, including from the main opposition party DMK, a single-judge bench asked the State Election Commission to issue a fresh notification and complete the poll process by December this year. Filing of nomination ended on Monday.
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The DMK in its petition said that adequate reservation has not been ensured to the ST community as mandated by the Constitution for the local body elections. It also alleged that the election process was announced in a hurried manner without giving adequate time for other political parties to prepare and take decisions.