EC Says No to By-elections in 4 States, Cites 'Difficulty'; Bypolls at Other Places on Nov 3 and 7
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The Election Commission on Tuesday said it has decided not to hold by-elections in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal as it has "received inputs expressing difficulties in conduct of polls".
"Commission has decided not to announce by-elections at this stage in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. Commission received inputs expressing difficulties in conduct of elections & issues related to it from Chief Secretaries/Chief Electoral Officers from these states," the election body state in a statement.
Rangapara and Sibsagar seats are vacant in Assam; Kuttanad and Chavara in Kerala; Tiruvottiyur and Gudiyattam in Tamil Nadu; and Falakata in West Bengal.
The EC received inputs expressing difficulties in conduct of elections and issues related to it from Chief Secretaries or Chief Electoral officers from four states: Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, where the term of House is up to May 31,2021; June 1, 2021; May 24, 2021; and May 30, 2021 respectively.
In view of the inputs, it decided not to announce the conduct of elections at this stage in the seven vacant seats in the legislative assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.
Regarding other, recent vacancies in the Parliamentary Constituency and Legislative Assembly, the Commission will decide after taking necessary inputs from the state concerned. The decision to defer the by-elections was taken largely in view of the Covid-19 situation.
The EC said by-polls to one parliamentary constituency of Bihar and two assembly constituencies of Manipur will be held held on November 7, while by-elections on 54 assembly constituencies in Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka, MP, Nagaland, Odisha, Telangana and UP will take place on November 3. Counting of votes to be held on November 10.