The Madras High Court has ordered that the variation in voter population among different municipal corporation wards should not exceed 10% when the delimitation exercise is carried out in the future. The court pointed out that the Tamil Nadu Local Bodies Delimitation Regulations 2017 allows a 25% variation only in village panchayats and the 10% limit in all other local bodies.
Acting Chief Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari and Justice PD Audikesavalu passed the ordinance while disposing of a writ petition which complained that some Madurai Corporation wards had 28,000 voters while others had none. were only 11,000. Counsel for the Claimant, Mr. Purushothaman, argued that the delimitation exercise was not carried out in accordance with the 2017 Rules.
Since the process of this year’s urban local body polls had already begun, he insisted that the 2017 regulations be strictly followed at least in the future. Accepting his submission, the judges wrote: “The variation of only 10% is allowed for municipal corporations, and otherwise it is 25% for village panchayats. The variation in this case is more than 10%, as pointed out by the petitioner. »
They requested the state government as well as the Tamil Nadu Boundary Commission for Local Bodies to ensure that Regulation 6 of the 2017 Regulation is strictly followed in the future and that they should not authorize a variation greater than 10% in the municipalities.