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AP High Court quashes Sarpanches writ petition

AP Legislative Council polls on March 17

Hyderabad, February 8, 2007

A Division Bench of the AP High Court comprising Chief Justice GS Singhvi and Justice CV Nagarjuna Reddy on Thursday dismissed a writ petition filed by the AP Sarpanches' Association seeking sarpanches' inclusion in the electoral college for the ensuing election to the State Legislative Council. AP Legislative Council Act that was passed in 2005, paving way for the constitution of the new Legislative Council in the State after a gap of nearly two decades.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission on Thursday announced that the elections for the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council would be held on March 17. The Election Commission will hold elections to 75 sets in the Legislative Council (8 from Graduates Constituencies, 28 from Local Authorities constituencies and 31 seats of members to be elected by MLAs. The EC has decided not to hold elections for the three seats (Two Local Authorities Constituencies from Hyderabad and one from Ranga Reddy) till the strength of their members as well as local bodies position are 75 percent or more.

The term of the members elected shall be determined after completion of the elections. As far as Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy Local Authorities, constituencies are concerned, the term of Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad expiring on February 10. It resulting virtual non-existence of total electorate in that constituency and the electors in positions with respect to Ranga Reddy are only about 63 percent as on date, which is against the policy of holding elections from such constituencies.
The AP Legislative Council poll schedule as follows

Schedule for by MLAs

Issue of notificationFebruary 28
Last date of nominationsMarch 7
ScrutinyMarch 8
Last date of withdrawalMarch 10
Date of PollMarch 17
CountingMarch 17
Date before which election shall be completed March 26

Schedule for Local Authorities

Issue of notificationFebruary 15
Last date of nominationsFebruary 22
ScrutinyFebruary 23
Last date of withdrawalFebruary 26
Date of PollMarch 17
CountingMarch 22
Date before which election shall be completed March 26

Schedule for Teachers and Graduates

Issue of notificationFebruary 15
Last date of nominationsFebruary 22
ScrutinyFebruary 23
Last date of withdrawalFebruary 26
Date of PollMarch 17
CountingMarch 22
Date before which election shall be completed March 26

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AP High Court quashes Sarpanches writ petition
AP Legislative Council polls on March 17

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