All-party meetings to discuss behavior of bypolls, local body polls | Thiruvananthapuram News

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Thiruvananthapuram: 2 all-party meetings convened by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and state election commissioner (SEC) V Bhaskaran at the coming times will provide a very clear image about the upcoming poll period in Kerala.
The chief minister has convened the all-party assembly on Friday to talk Chavara and Kuttanad bypolls, while SEC’s assembly on September 18 will go over the behaviour of local body elections.
The government’s proposal that bypolls have to be left as there could be just five weeks left for new MLAs in office if surveys are held in November is going to be put in Friday’s assembly by Vijayan.
When there’s a consensus about the proposal, the country would communicate the choice to central election commission that might consider it favourably. Sources said the election commission could think about a joint petition with parties if a legitimate reason is mentioned for abandoning the election.
SEC has also convened a meeting of political parties in Kerala following week. The meeting September 18 will go over the behaviour of local body polls.
The commission is moving ahead with elections although many parties have expressed reservations over conducting surveys at the time of Covid-19.
The surveys to grama, block and district panchayats, municipal councils and company councils will need to get finished before November 11 to ensure smooth transition of power occurs once the tenure of incumbent committees finish. In case the practice isn’t finished by then, local bodies could be regulated by administrators until the upcoming elections have been held.
The judgment LDF does not need this type of situation and supports the proposal of conducting polls adhering to rigorous Covid-19 protocol. It’s learnt that draft protocols such as campaigning and election procedure would also be discussed in the meeting. The commission is gearing up to change maximum surgeries on the internet and contains mooted digital effort for the polls.
Final decision on those suggestions will be obtained after hearing the remarks of political parties.
The ministry has sought the aid of opposition chief Ramesh Chennithala in setting up a joint petition before central election commission seeing scrapping the bypoll in Kuttanad and Chavara. The UDF high power committee, which discussed the proposal on Tuesday, chose to look for postponement of local body polls together with the bypoll. UDF cited worsening Covid-19 scenario to need poll postponement as wellness division has predicted more instances in October.

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