PANAJI: After the Supreme Court upheld the high court order cancelling the elections in five municipalities over reservation of wards, the state election commission (SEC) on Friday withdrew the notification for those five municipalities.
The new polling day is yet to be announced
The election certificates issued to the unopposed candidates with regards to the councils also stand null and void. The model code of conduct, which was brought into force for Mormugao, Margao, Mapusa, Quepem and Sanguem municipal councils, is also lifted with immediate effect.
On March 4, the SEC had rescheduled polling to the Margao, Mapusa, Mormugao, Sanguem and Quepem civic councils on March 21, instead of March 20, after the SC stayed the high court order.
On February 22, the SEC had stated that elections to the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) and 11 municipal councils would take place on March 20. Following the high court order, the SEC had kept the election process in abeyance and lifted the model code of conduct with immediate effect.
“In pursuance to the order of the Supreme Court of India and in exercise of the powers conferred upon it under Article 243ZA of the Constitution of India read with Section 10A of the Goa Municipalities Act, 1968, the SEC has issued the notification notifying that the election process from the acceptance of nominations till date for Mormugao, Margao, Mapusa, Quepem and Sanguem municipal councils to be null and void,” the SEC said on Friday.