The Election Commission today decided to defer by-elections of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies in various States and Union Territories in view of COVID-19 Pandemic. The poll body reviewed the matter today and decided that due to the outbreak of the second wave of COVID-19 in the country it would not be appropriate to hold bye-elections till the pandemic situation significantly improves and conditions become conducive to hold the bye-elections.
The Commission will take a decision in the matter at an appropriate time in the future after taking inputs from the concerned states and assessing the pandemic situation from mandated authorities like NDMA and SDMA.
There are three notified vacancies in Parliamentary Constituencies, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh and Mandi in Himachal Pradesh. There are eight vacancies in Assembly Constituencies, Kalka and Ellenabad in Haryana, Vallabhnagar in Rajasthan, Sindgi in Karnataka, Rajabala and Mawryngkneng in Meghalaya, Fatehpur in Himachal Pradesh and Badvel in Andhra Pradesh.
The Commission said, there are few more vacancies of seats for which reports and notifications are awaited and being confirmed. As per the provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, the vacancies are required to be filled, through bye-elections within six months from the date of occurrence of vacancy, provided that the remainder of the term in relation to the vacancy is one year or more.