HC order not a setback but will stop adding names to voters list: Kerala state election commissioner
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala state election commissioner V. Bhaskaran said that the process of adding names to the voters list will be stopped temporarily based on the High Court verdict.
He added that the HC verdict was not a setback and that the Local Self Government elections will not be postponed.
“The LSG polls will not be postponed at any cost. The election will take place in October. Based on the HC order, the process of adding names to the votes list will be stopped temporarily. Further action will be taken after receiving a copy of the verdict,” said the state election commissioner.
The Kerala High Court had directed not to use the 2015 voters list for the ensuing Local Self Government (LSG) polls. The HC issued the direction after approving the United Democratic Front’s appeal challenging the Election Commission order to use the 2015 votes list for the ensuing LSG polls.
The HC found that using the 2015 voters list for the ensuing LSG polls was wrong. Nullifying the EC order, the HC directed to conduct the LSG polls using the 2019 voters list.
Earlier, the Congress had clarified that around 30 lakh voters will be omitted if the 2015 voters list was used for the ensuing LSG polls. Hence they approached the HC.