The Delhi State Election commission (SEC) on Friday told the high court that it has repeatedly asked the Delhi government for funds and officers to conduct elections in 13 wards of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). In its response to a plea, the SEC has said that the commission “wants to conduct the elections at the earliest” and had sent three reminder requests to the Delhi government.
The plea was filed by law student Sanjana Gehlot, who sought orders to conduct elections to the seats which fell vacant after the municipal councillors concerned contested elections for the Delhi assembly and won.
“There are a number of casual vacancies in councillorship in all three MCDs and most of them are lying vacant since December 20, 2013…the people of these wards, where casual vacancies exist, are suffering in the absence of councillors/elected representatives,” stated the plea.
The bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath issued a notice to the Delhi government, seeking their response. The court will take up the matter on September 23.
According to the SEC, nearly 4,500 personnel were needed for two weeks to conduct the elections. “These 4,500 personnel are to be provided by the state government,” it said.