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Court order

Guwahati, Dec. 3: Gauhati High Court today directed Dispur to consider that the panchayat bodies in the state complete their five-year tenure before fixing the dates for the next polls.

Justice Biplab Kumar Sharma passed the order, after hearing a writ petition filed by 19 gaon panchayats in the state, apprehending that the state government may dissolve them and hold fresh elections before completion of their five-year tenure.

The petitioners said the Constitution and the Assam Panchayat Act, 1994, provide them with a five-year term.

Since they took over charge on March 26, 2008, after elections were held on December 31, 2007, and January 4, 2008, the next panchayat elections should not be held before the completion of the five-year term.

In this regard, the court directed the state government to consider and examine the points raised by the petitioner while fixing the dates for the next panchayat polls.

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