Cuttack: The confusion over use of political party affiliations for the ensuing panchayat polls in the State finally came to an end on Friday when the Odisha High Court gave its stamp of approval to a notification of the State Election Commission (SEC) as it neither violated the laws relating to the panchayat polls nor did it amounted to infringement of constitutional rights of the candidates.

The single judge bench of Justice S K Mishra dismissed the writ-petition filed by Hiramani Singh, a sarpanch candidate from Mithrapur gram panchayat.

The SEC had issued the order on January 19. As per the order the sarpanch, panchayat samiti member and ward member candidates were asked not to used the name of any political party while campaigning and not to use party symbols as well as photographs of leaders. The order also banned sponsorship of candidates by political parties. 

The sarpanch candidate of Mitrapur panchayat in Balasore district had challenged the SEC order in the High Court. The court had stayed the SEC order on Thursday and reserved its order for Friday. In its final order the court has upheld the directives of the SEC.