In today’s announcement by Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora, the dates for upcoming by-polls were announced. By-polls for 64 seats is to be held on October 21 alongside the assembly elections of Maharashtra and Haryana. The counting of votes will take place on October 24.
CEC: By-elections to 64 constituencies across Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, MP, Meghalaya, Odisha, Puducherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana &Uttar Pradesh, to be held on Oct 21 ;counting on Oct 24 pic.twitter.com/qs1EXsEVbV
— ANI (@ANI) September 21, 2019
By-polls are slated for 63 assembly seats and 1 Lok Sabha seat which are distributed over 18 states. States that will see the by-poll elections are-
- Arunachal Pradesh
- Himachal Pradesh
- Madhya Pradesh
- Tamil Nadu
- Uttar Pradesh
While announcing the dates, CEC Sunil Arora urged all the stakeholders to cooperate in the process. The seat distribution of by-polls varies as- Arunachal Pradesh (1), Assam (4), Bihar (5), Chhattisgarh (1), Gujarat (4), Himachal Pradesh (2), Karnataka (15), Kerala (5), Madhya Pradesh (1), Meghalaya (1), Odisha (1), Puducherry (1), Punjab (4), Rajasthan (2), Sikkim (3), Tamil Nadu (2), Telangana (1) and Uttar Pradesh (11).
Karnataka by-polls have been necessitated by the disqualification of 15 legislators from HD Kumaraswamy government. Former Speaker of Karnataka legislative assembly, KR Ramesh Kumar had disqualified 17 legislators of the Congress–JD(s) coalition under anti-defection law stated in 10th schedule
The last date for filing the nomination for bypolls is September 30. To withdraw one’s name from the nomination papers, the last date is October 3.
Sunil Arora also said that since the election campaigns carry huge environmental costs, political parties should use environment-friendly products.
The detailed announcement for Haryana and Maharashtra polls were also announced in today’s meeting. To know more about it, click here.