The State cabinet during its meeting on 20 August decided to approach the Supreme Court to brief about the difficulties of the State government to conduct elections of the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).
The Minister of Planning & Co-ordination, Land Revenue, and Parliamentary Affairs, Neiba Kronu, said the State government is well aware of the pressure being given by the Supreme Court to conduct the ULB polls. However, he stated that it would be good if the ULB elections could be avoided during the festive season of December and January.
Neiba said that the State government is studying the situation and at the same time also trying to take everyone into confidence in order to avoid any unwanted situation like the 2017 ULB fiasco. He added that the State government would take a stand when the right time comes.
Neiba also said that the electoral process is underway and it would take some more time to complete the process due to complaints made by the Municipal Councils of Kohima, Dimapur and Mokokchung.
“We have to win their confidence also then go ahead, finish the electoral process and after that, in the right time, the Municipal elections will be conducted,” he said.
Meanwhile, with the arrival of EVM machines in the state today and speculations of assembly elections being advanced, Kronu said, “When we talk about elections it always goes in advance. So, preparation by the election commission we cannot stop it. It is a normal procedure.”