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First municipal elections since 2005; despite boycott by NC, PDP, civic poll dates out
The dates for the panchayat elections, scheduled for November, will be announced Sunday. Even though the two major state parties have announced their decision to not participate, the municipal elections will be contested along party lines. In August, the Centre had asked the court to delay the hearing in view of municipal and panchayat elections in the state. For the first time, electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be used in the municipal polls, following amendment of rules in 2016.
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