Autocratisation, defiance of SC order:" Andhra Pradesh HC quashes Election Commission decision to hold local body polls without 4 weeks MCC

22nd May,2021


Autocratisation, defiance of SC order:" Andhra Pradesh HC quashes Election Commission decision to hold local body polls without 4 weeks MCC

The State Election Commission's (SEC) decision to limit the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) term for earlier deferred local body polls to fewer than four weeks was rejected by the Andhra Pradesh High Court on Friday. The High Court also chastised the poll body for misinterpreting the Supreme Court's March 2020 directive in this regard, claiming that the SEC's decision to shorten the MCC time was contrary to the Supreme Court's directive. "Even an ordinary individual who can read, write, and understand the English language will be able to discover the Supreme Court's instructions in the order. However, the State Election Commissioner, who served as the State's Chief Secretary and is a senior most retired IAS officer, was unable to interpret the Hon'ble Supreme Court's straightforward directive correctly, casting doubt on her eligibility and fitness for the position of Election Commissioner "According to the Court. According to the Court, such activities by the SEC are what cause the state to lose its democratic traits and become an autocracy or authoritarian regime. As a result, Justice M Satyanarayana Murthy directed the SEC to issue a new notification resuming the election process for the Mandal Praja Parishads Territorial Constituencies (MPTCs) and Zilla Praja Parishads Territorial Constituencies (ZPTCs) while re-imposing the MCC in strict compliance with the Supreme Court's orders. In March 2020, the Supreme Court declined to intervene in the SEC's decision to postpone local body elections because to the COVID-19 crisis. Democratic backsliding, also known as autocratization and de-democratization, can be described as respondent No. 1's (SEC) action. It is the polar opposite of democratisation, in which the state loses its democratic traits and becomes an autocracy or authoritarian dictatorship. According to the High Court, democratic decline is caused by the state's weakening of political institutions that support the democratic system, such as peaceful power transitions and election systems.