Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: The State Election Commission and the State Government have no option but to hold elections to the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) council within three months as ordered by the Karnataka High Court, according to a top official of the State Election Commission.

The High Court on Wednesday directed the Government to hold elections to the BBMP council within three months.

Speaking to The Hindu on Thursday, the official said the Government had not notified the draft notification on delimitation of wards within the limits of the BBMP. While an amendment to the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act permitted the formation of 150 wards in the BBMP limits, the draft notification mentioned the formation of 145 wards.

The official said there was no need to revise the electoral rolls for the BBMP elections. The commission would utilise the voters’ list prepared for the recent Assembly elections and split it according to the wards, the official said.

‘No scope’

“There is no scope for interpretation of the High Court order. The Government and the commission have to follow it. We have to conduct elections as per the court order,” the official said.