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language | Updated: 19 Feb 2021, 05:42:00 PM

Ahmedabad, February 19 (Language) The Gujarat High Court on Friday dismissed the petition challenging the state election commission’s decision to conduct counting of votes of local bodies on different dates. Gujarat BJP has welcomed the decision, while the Congress said that it is considering knocking on the door of the Supreme Court against this decision. According to the election schedule announced in January by the State Election Commission, elections to six municipal corporations will be held on February 21

Ahmedabad, February 19 (Language) The Gujarat High Court on Friday dismissed the petition challenging the state election commission’s decision to conduct counting of votes of local bodies on different dates. Gujarat BJP has welcomed the decision, while the Congress said that it is considering knocking on the door of the Supreme Court against this decision. As per the election schedule announced in January by the State Election Commission, the elections of six municipal corporations will be held on February 21 and the counting of votes will take place on February 23. Elections to municipalities and panchayats will be held on February 28, and votes will be counted on March 2. A bench of Justices JB Pardiwala and Justice Ilesh Vora dismissed the petition seeking the repeal of the January 23 circular of the State Election Commission, setting the counting date for February 23 and March 2. . The petition was jointly filed on 2 February by Natwar Mahida, Govind Parmar and Jagdish Makwana. The main argument was that the results of the six municipal corporations will be declared on February 23, affecting the voters of the municipalities as well as the district and taluka panchayat body elections, which will take place on February 28. The petitioners demanded that the date of counting for ‘free and fair election’ should be the same. The State Election Commission, however, argued that different dates were allocated keeping in mind the outbreak of coronovirus. Unhappy with the verdict, state Congress president Amit Chavda said that his legal team would study the court order before taking a decision to approach the apex court.

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