Lucknow: Even as the urban local body elections in Uttar Pradesh lie in limbo, the State Election Commission (SEC) made it clear that the polls would be held on party symbol. The Election Commission issued a notification following the directions of Allahabad High Court that quashed the state government’s order to hold local polls without party symbol.

Issuing different notification, SEC Commissioner Rajendra Bhaunwal informed about the amendments made in the allotment of symbols on which party would be able to contest election. “14 symbols have been reserved for the recognized parties while 15 have been allotted to the unrecognized but registered parties,” said Bhaunwal.

The state government last year made amendments in the Uttar Pradesh Municipal Corporation Rules -2010 for the election of urban local body workers, contractors, president and Mayor; under which local body poll without any party symbol was introduced.

The decision was quashed by Allahabad High Court in May this year. Challenging the HC judgement, the state government has filed Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court.

JPN/Bureau