State of goa visited Top Court against HC order on panchayat elections

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The Goa government visited the Apex Court challenging the tribunal order that directed the panchayat election process to be completed by August 12.

The government has submitted that it'd be appropriate to carry the elections to 186 village panchayats in September, Pangam said. 

In its petition, the govt also submitted that if the elections are held in September, it's going to be possible to go with the triple test and supply reservation to the OBC category, on account of the time available.

“We have taken the identical ground within the SC that we took within the HC,” Pangam said.

The state also submitted before the SC that the Goa state commission (SEC) requisitions staff and machinery, which these are a part of the staff involved in disaster management, and can need to be diverted for election training and duty. 

On June 30, after the supreme court dismissed the state government’s application seeking a further month to carry the panchayat elections, the authorities issued a notification to carry the polls on August 10.

Recently, the authorities appointed administrators to 175 village panchayats whose terms ended on June 19. 

The SEC on Friday released a notice  for reservation of wards for the elections of the panchayat without the Backward class reservation. 

The State election Commission has reserved wards for ST’s and SC’s and reservation for women. CM Pramod Sawant mentioned that the State election commission would issue the notification for reservation of wards for the BackWard community within 10 days.