Even as the Legislative Assembly passed a unanimous resolution to urge the State Election Commission (SEC) to postpone elections for the 208 urban local bodies, the SEC on Tuesday issued an order declaring that the ULB elections would be held as per the reservation list of 2007 that was prepared based on population figures of 2001 Census.
In its order, the SEC also directed all deputy commissioners, to notify through public notice, the reservation list without making any changes, additions, modification or alterations to the list of reservations as notified while conducting elections in 2007.
“Reservation shall be notified by public notice and also on their website by the concerned deputy commissioners and also issue the same to the recognised political parties,” the SEC said in its order while directing all deputy commissioners to intimate the SEC the complete readiness for elections by February 7.
The Supreme Court had on Friday rejected the government’s plea for postponing elections for enabling it to fix ward-wise reservation based on the yet to be notified population figures of Census 2011. As the government did not comply with the deadline fixed by the Karnataka High Court for announcing reservation list, the apex court had given the liberty to the SEC to conduct the election based on the 2007 reservation list if the government failed to give the new reservation list on or before February 4.
The elections are due to seven city corporations, 43 city municipal councils, 93 town municipal councils and 65 town panchayats.