Bihar elections, 65 pending bypolls to be held round similar time: EC

New Delhi, September 4

The pending by-election to 1 Lok Sabha and 64 meeting seats unfold throughout 15 states and the Bihar meeting polls shall be held “around the same time”, the Election Commission mentioned on Friday.

The time period of the Bihar meeting ends on November 29 and elections are prone to be held someday in October-November.

Among the 64 vacant meeting seats, 27 are in Madhya Pradesh. Most of those 27 seats fell vacant when insurgent Congress members resigned from the get together and the meeting to hitch the BJP.

With the resignations of the Congress members, the Kamal Nath-led authorities fell and the BJP returned to energy.

“One of the major factors in clubbing them together is the relative ease of movement of central forces and related logistics issues,” a Commission assertion mentioned.

“Considering that General Assembly Elections of Bihar are also due and required to be completed before November 29, 2020, the Commission has decided to conduct all the 65 by-elections and the General Assembly Elections of Bihar around the same time…. Announcement of schedule of Bihar General Assembly Elections as well as these by-elections will be done by the Commission at appropriate time,” it mentioned.

The concern of holding the by-elections got here up on the assembly of the Commission on Friday.

“The Commission reviewed the reports and inputs from chief secretaries and chief electoral officers of many of the concerned states seeking deferment of the by-elections in their states in view of several factors including the extra-ordinary heavy rains in some places and other constraints like pandemic,” the assertion mentioned.

The EC took the choice after considering varied components, an official mentioned.

The bypoll to the Valmiki Nagar Lok Sabha seat in Bihar has been pending.

One meeting seat every in Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Karnataka and West Bengal; two seats every in Assam, Jharkhand, Kerala, Nagaland, Tamil Nadu and Odisha; 5 meeting seats in Manipur and eight every in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh are additionally vacant.

In July this yr, the Election Commission had deferred the by-elections to 1 Lok Sabha and 7 meeting seats past the six month interval because of the onset of monsoon and prospects of floods and the COVID-19 pandemic. PTI


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