Municipal and municipal elections will be held in the first phase and district and taluka panchayat elections will be held in the second phase. The counting of votes will be done simultaneously in this election which will be held in two phases. Political parties are also busy formulating strategies for local body elections. Earlier, a non-disclosure petition was filed in the Gujarat High Court seeking that the Election Commission announce the issue of holding local body elections on ballot paper. Petitioner Imtiaz Khan Pathan, his advocate K. R. The petition was filed in the Gujarat High Court through Koshti. The non-disclosure petition alleges that in response to the RTI filed by the petitioner, the state Election Commission stated that it did not have a VVPAT machine. In the absence of a VVPAT machine, the State Election Commission announces the issue of holding local body elections on ballot paper.
The petitioner also made a written representation to the State Election Commission on 1 January 2021 on the issue. To date, however, no response has been claimed. The petitioner has sought directions from the State Election Commission to submit a status report before the Gujarat High Court on the issue. The petitioner has also cited the judgment of the Central Election Commission in the PIL case against Subramaniam Swamy
On, the Central Election Commission issued a directive to use VVPAT machine along with EVM at all polling booths in future Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the country. The petitioner further said that the Central Election Commission and the State Election Commission have been constituted under the Constitution.