August 10, 2020

Election Fee to announce schedule of holding bypolls at “applicable time”

New Delhi: The Election Fee on Friday stated it should announce the schedule for holding by-elections to meeting and Lok Sabha seats at an “applicable time”. A complete of 57 bypolls –56 meeting seats and one Lok Sabha constituency — are due.

However the Fee didn’t specify whether or not the choice has been taken for all pending by-elections.

The announcement got here after the ballot panel determined to defer eight bypolls — seven meeting and one Lok Sabha seat — citing floods and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The six-month deadline to carry these eight bypolls was ending on September 7.

The remaining 49 bypolls are due after September.

An EC spokesperson tweeted that “a choice to carry by-elections in meeting and parliamentary constituencies was taken by the Fee after a assessment right now (on Friday).”

“The schedule and so on. shall be introduced at an applicable time,” the spokesperson stated with out specifying whether or not the choice pertained to all 57 bypolls or the eight deferred because of pandemic and floods.