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SC stays HC order cancelling elections to 5 municipalties in Goa

Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday said that Supreme Court has stayed the High Court order cancelling elections to five municipalities and consequent order of State Election Commission (SEC) keeping the election process in abeyance.

He said the matter would come up for final hearing on Tuesday.

In a tweet, he said, ”Hon. Supreme Court has stayed the High Court’s order cancelling elections to five Municipalities & consequent order of State Election Commission keeping the election process in abeyance.

Matter to come up for final hearing on Tuesday. Now,the democratic process has been restored!”

The Goa bench of Bombay High Court had on March 1, 2021, had set aside a notification issued by Directorate of Municipal Administration reserving various wards in five municipal councils where elections are scheduled this month.

The court also order re-conduct of exercise of reservation of wards in the councils which included Margao, Mormugao, Mapusa, Sanguem and Quepem.

However, the court allowed the State Election Commission (SEC) to go ahead with the election process in other municipalities as announced earlier.

The Goa Government challenged the order in the Supreme Court.

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