Haryana Panchayat Polls Put On Hold: The Haryana Panchayat polls will not be conducted until the SC decides on the Petition against the mandatory educational criteria of contestants
The Panchayat elections in Haryana will not be held unless and until the Supreme Court hears the verdict on the amendments relating to the compulsory educational qualification for the contestants along with other amendments that was passed recently in Haryana assembly.
Challenging the incorporation of amendments a petition had been filed in the Supreme Court, challenging the incorporation of amendments especially the mandatory educational qualification for the candidates who want to contest in the elections.
A stay order has been granted by the supreme court last week against the petition and in the latest hearing that was on Tuesday, the Supreme Court said that regular hearing on the matter will begin from October 7 saying that that Haryana Panchayat polls can’t be hold until a decision on the compulsory educational qualification by the contestants is not taken as per the schedule decided by the State Election Commission.
As per the new amendment that was passed on September 7 by Haryana state assembly, the general candidates willing to contest in the elections must have passed class 10 examinations, women and Dalit candidates are required to have cleared class 8 to contest the Panchayat polls.
Besides this there should not be any criminal conviction, no pending electricity bills or loan payments and a working toilet as per the new law.
The State Election Commission has scheduled the Panchayat elections in Haryana to be held in three phases on October 4, 11 and 18 2015 for which more than 1.10 crore voters are eligible to vote in the elections.
More than 72,000 posts of panchayat members, panchayat samitis and zila parishads will be up for vote, nominations for which opened on September 15.