Lucknow: Although the State Election Commission (SEC) in Uttar Pradesh is ready to hold local body elections before December 31, the Mayawati government can delay the polls till October –November next year in the name of reservations for wards.

Even if the government wishes to hold the elections earlier, the Commission will not be ready to go ahead with it.

It may be noted that the SEC had already completed the preparations for holding the polls for local bodies whose tenure would end in the month of November. But the state government did not agree to holding elections between September 24 and November 5, and started the fresh process for reservation in wards.

Joint Election Commissioner JP Singh said, “The Commission has no problem in conducting elections before December 31, if the government is ready to issue the poll notification before November 15.”

The Commission needs a time period of atleast 40-45 days to complete the election process.

According to Singh, if the process is delayed the elections will be postponed till November next year. Since the Commission will have to renew its list on inclusion of new voters completing 18 years of age, the Assembly elections lined up for next year will further delay it.

Besides, the final statistics of the Census-2011 will also arrive on which basis the government is required to complete the renewed process of the delimitation as well as reservation.