MPTC ZPTC Elections 2021: AP High Court Issues Stay On Single Bench Orders

AP High Court Division Bench stays single-judge bench orders to cancel MPTC, ZPTC 2021 elections - Sakshi Post

AMARAVATI: A division bench  of the Andhra Pradesh High Court on Friday had imposed a stay  order on the single bench orders which had cancelling the ZPTC and MPTC Elections 2021 and ordered for a fresh re-notification on May 21. The division bench said that a comprehensive inquiry would be held on July 27. The Bench also directed the State Election Commission not to hold counting and that no decision should be made until further orders were received. The bench headed by Chief Justice of the AP High Court Justice Arup Kumar Goswami heard the appeal on Friday.

The matter was adjourned for the 27th of July as per the orders of the High Court.

The State Election Commission on Thursday had filed an appeal against the Single Judge Orders cancelling the MPTC ZPTC 2021 elections which were conducted after the Panchayat Elections in the State and the matter had come up for hearing on today.

It may be recollected that the SEC had issued a notification on April 1 for the Parishad elections for the Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituencies (MPTC) and Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituencies (ZPTC) to be resumed after they were postponed on March 15, 2020, due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the elections for panchayats and urban local bodies were completed in March, the Parishad elections had to wait.
The SEC resumed the MPTC, ZPTC elections and successfully conducted them on April 8 after several litigations in the High Court with due adherence to the COVID protocol. The Single bench in its order cancelled the MPTC and ZPTC Elections and had directed the State Election Commission (SEC) to issue fresh notification and conduct the elections again after the COVID cases subside.

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