Minister criticises state Election Commission

Monday, Aug 24, 2015,22:50 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kannur | Kerala minister for rural development and planning K C Joseph today criticized the state Election Commission for allegedly creating a crisis and confusion even as the government was ready to go ahead with the local body polls on time.
Talking to newspersons here after inaugurating the new Media chamber of Public relation department, Mr Joseph alleged that the confusion created by Election Commission was due to  carelessness and demanded that it must change its stance.
The recent move of the commission was unfortunate. He suspected that the EC’s strategy was to create confusion alleging that the ward delimitation process was not completed and they cannot accept the new delimitation process for panchayats.
He alleged  the EC had also misled  the High Court of Kerala and the Governor by concealing the delimitation process which already started by the government.
He  said the delimitation process was the responsibility of the Government, but EC sabotaged it. The government has submitted all  details of delimitation in local body panchayats in July, but the EC had failed to inform this to the court, leading to  confusion as the notification in this regard on August 5 was not published.  Had the notification been brought out in time, the government would had a chance to argue..
The government wished to  conduct the local body elections on time and the new corporation at Kannur and new Municipalities election will be held in time . Now the ball is in the court of EC to conduct the panchayat elections.
The government would provide all necessary support  to EC if needed. While the court has approved the delimitation for Kannur Corporation and some Municipalities, it refused the same for panchayats. he said and added the  government would  not go on appeal against the courts verdict with regard to the delimitation of panchayats.
To a query  weather the elections would be conducted in two phases, the minister said the EC would decide.
Replying to a query on alleged anomalies in the delimitation process, he said t the process was carried out in the previous LDF regime as well and it was considered scientific, while the same process was continued by the UDF .Why this should be politicised, he shot back.