30 July 2022: Supreme Court directs Nagaland to complete local body elections by Jan 2023
On 30th July 2022, the Supreme Court issued directions to the Nagaland State Election Commission to complete the Urban Local Bodies (ULB) elections and declare results for the same by the end of January 2023.
The order came in relation to a civil appeal filed by the People Union For Civil Liberties (PUCL) and others against the State of Nagaland. The appeal was filed challenging the Nagaland Legislative Assembly’s September 22, 2021 resolution exempting operation of Part IXA(The Municipalities) of the Constitution of India, which mandates 33% reservation for women, in Municipalities and Town Councils of the State. Earlier on 14 July, the Supreme Court had pulled up the Nagaland Government over the delay in notifying the elections in Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).
The issue: The 33% women reservation in the ULBs election has been a contentious issue in Nagaland and ULBs elections have not been conducted for over a decade. The State witnessed violent protests in 2017 following the decision of the state Government to hold ULB election, following which, the ULB election process made no progress.