IMPHAL: The Election Commission of India, New Delhi has decided to conduct all by-elections in Assembly/Parliamentary constituency across the country before November 29.
A meeting of the ECI regarding holding bye-elections due in various States was held wherein the Commission mentioned that presently there are 65 clear vacancies due for bye-elections in Assembly/Parliamentary constituency, out of which there are 64 vacancies in the State Legislative Assemblies of various States and one vacancy for Parliamentary Constituency the meeting was held on September 4, 2020.
In a press release signed by Under Secretary Pawan Diwan, the Commission reviewed the reports and inputs from Chief Secretaries/Chief Electoral Officers of many of the concerned States seek deferment of the bye-elections in their States in view of several factors including the extra-ordinary heavy rains in some places and other constraints like pandemic etc.
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 bye-elections and the General Assembly Elections of Bihar around the same time, the press release stated.
One of the major factors in clubbing them together is the relative ease of movement of CAPF/ other law and order forces, and related logistics issues, the ECI said.
Further the Commission announced that the schedule of Bihar General Assembly Elections as well as these bye-elections will be done by the Commission at appropriate time.
In Manipur, with as many as six MLAs of Congress having resigned from the party and Legislative Assembly and five joining the BJP while three from the ruling BJP also resigned, there are reportedly as many as 13 vacancies in the state assembly constituencies. For the same, by-elections are to be held.