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Panchayat polls likely to be postponed, says SEC

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State Election Commissioner P. Ramakanth Reddy addressing a regional conference on PR elections in Guntur on Thursday.-Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar
State Election Commissioner P. Ramakanth Reddy addressing a regional conference on PR elections in Guntur on Thursday.-Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar

State Election Commissioner P. Ramakanth Reddy on Thursday said elections to Panchayat Raj institutions might be postponed by three weeks if the 2011 Census has to be taken as the criterion for reservations. Even in such a case, there would be only minor changes in the reservations for the Backward Classes and the Scheduled Castes and Tribes.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Ramakanth Reddy said the SEC was preparing to hold elections soon after the Gazette notification was issued. Earlier, at a meeting, he reviewed the poll arrangements with the Collectors, Joint Collectors, Superintendents of Police and other officials of Guntur, Prakasam and Nellore districts.

He said decks had been cleared by the Supreme Court to conduct elections to the PR bodies whose term ended in July 2011 and since then had been under the rule of special officers. The term of urban local bodies ended in late 2010.

Arrangements were being made for holding elections to 22 Zilla Parishads, 21,600 village panchayats, 1,097 Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituencies (ZPTCs) and 14,600 Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituencies (MPTCs) while keeping in view the likelihood of the 2011 Census necessitating revision of the existing quota.

“Having seen the functioning of the government from close quarters in my capacity as Chief Secretary, I am confident that the elections will be held without any hitch,” Mr. Ramakanth Reddy added.

They may be put off by three weeks if 2011 Census has to be taken as the criterion for reservations

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