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Bengaluru: EC clarifies why by-polls for 3 LS seats in state but not for 5 in AP


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Bengaluru, Oct 9: Apparently stung by the criticism for announcing by-elections for the three vacant lok sabha seats in Karnataka – Mandya, Shivamogga and Ballari, on November 3 with hardly five months left for the next general elections due to be held by May 2019 and not for the five vacant seats in Andhra Pradesh, the Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday sought to clear the air by declaring that the dates when the vacancies arose was the deciding factor.

It may be recalled that all political parties, especially BJP which is in power at the Centre and the two ruling coalition partners, Congress and JD(S), have criticized the poll panel’s decision for announcing the by-election to the three lok sabha seats in the State as totally unnecessary and waste of money.

In the statement, the Election Commission said that Section 151A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, requires the poll panel to fill casual vacancies in Parliament and State Legislatures through by-elections within six months from date of vacancy, as long as the remainder of term of a member in relation to a vacancy is one year or more.

The poll panel justified its decision based on the date of vacancy for the three seats in Karnataka.

The vacancies from Ballari (ST) and Shivamogga of Karnataka occurred on May 18, and Mandya on May 21, 2018 respectively, whereas vacancies from the five parliamentary constituencies from Andhra Pradesh have occurred on June 20, 2018, the Election Commission has said in its statement.

It further held that, “In the case of vacancies from Andhra Pradesh, there is no need to hold bye-elections as the remaining term of the Lok Sabha is less than one year from the date of occurrence of vacancies that is June 20, 2018.”

Earlier, Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa had questioned the poll panel’s decision to announce the by-polls stating that the term for the newly elected representatives would only be for five months till the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

“I cannot understand the intention behind holding the by-polls since general elections will be held in four or five months. None of the political parties in Karnataka are enthusiastic about this election,” Yeddyurappa had said.

Former State Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who is also the chairman of the coordination committee for the Congress-JD(S) government, said, “The Lok Sabha election is going to be held in March and we were thinking that a by-poll will not be conducted. The ECI has, however, declared the dates of the by-elections.”

The by-polls have been necessitated in the three seats in Karnataka after BJP’s B S Yeddyurappa (Shivamogga), B Sriramulu (Ballari) and JD(S) MP C S Puttaraju (Mandya) resigned their seats following their election to the Karnataka Assembly in May.


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  • Ravi, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 10 2018

    First of all EC must restrict people contesting from 02 seats all over India.

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  • LIONEL, MANGALORE

    Wed, Oct 10 2018

    KARNATAKA IS RICH...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Oct 10 2018

    BJP is now Worried ...

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  • Ramesh, Kasaragod

    Wed, Oct 10 2018

    We are more worried about your mental health

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 10 2018

    u ramesh, kasaragod take medicine from dr. 4 your bipolar disease.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Wed, Oct 10 2018

    LS repolls in Karnataka seems to be not viable looking at the cost and term remaining.

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  • William, Udupi

    Wed, Oct 10 2018

    Stupid clarification. Will the winning candidate get a year in office should be the criteria. This is what happens if incompetents are put in power, who only serve the political bosses and not the people whose tax money these idiots are wasting.

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 10 2018

    William
    For stupid ppl all clarification looks stupid. First study P R ACT
    "thannathe parara bagedode kailasa nermaneyakku sarvajna"

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  • Alwyn, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 10 2018

    Bengaluru: EC clarifies why by-polls for 3 LS seats in state but not for 5 in AP

    It is a simple factor by BJP+EC. BJP some know that they can do all the circus and win in Karnataka State but not in AP. So by getting these three seats, they lie again to the nation. Amith Shah will bark oh.... woo ....oh..... wooo..... BJP is liked by all oh...wooo. bou...bou...bou....

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  • Ganesh, Padubidri/kuwait

    Wed, Oct 10 2018

    I can understand the mental state of Modiphobic people as without reading the news they are barking on Modi/ Shah
    All political parties including BJP has opposed as per the news above.Then why are you scolding BJP? Looks like Modi has Andh Bhakt' s & Andh Vairi's too.

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  • Langoolacharya, Belman / Washington,DC

    Tue, Oct 9 2018

    Elections all over India should be conducted in a single day...and votes should be counted same night ...and election results should be declared same night...like most countries in the world...Pakistan included...

    We conduct elections in 2-6 stages in months...ridiculous...our EC is retiring home for favorite IAS officers...who are good for nothing...

    In conducting elections in the whole world Afghanistan is worst ...next comes India...Shame..

    ...Tak...Takk...

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  • SMR, Karkala

    Tue, Oct 9 2018

    Section 151A of the Representation of the People Act mandates the Election Commission to fill the casual vacancies in Parliament and Assemblies through by-elections within six months from the date of the vacancy, provided the remainder of the term of a member in relation to a vacancy is one year or more.
    The term of the 16th Lok Sabha is up to June 3, 2019. As the vacancies from Karnataka have occurred more than one year before the expiration of the term of House, the by-elections are required to be held within six months.
    In the case of vacancies from Andhra Pradesh, there was no need to hold by-elections as the remaining term of the Lok Sabha was less than one year from the date of occurrence of vacancies: June 20.
    It is common knowledge that the Election Commission of India is a constitutional authority vested with powers to conduct elections under Article 324 of the Constitution. This constitutional mandate is not merely to hold elections but to also ensure that they are conducted in a free and fair manner. After all, free and fair elections are the pivot of any representative democracy and ensures the continuing trust of the people in the system.
    However, this is not the first time the poll body has faced such a controversy. Last year, the commission was accused of helping the BJP when it announced the poll dates for Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat separately. Elections for these two states, and indeed any states that are going to the polls within a few months of each other, are usually announced together as per the convention. While the Himachal Pradesh poll dates were announced on October 12, the Gujarat dates were announced on October 25, nearly two weeks later. During this period, the BJP in Gujarat made a slew of announcements and poll promises.
    The Election Commission should not allow room for controversy that erodes its image
    Yet again, the commission has been criticised for the way it went about announcing dates for state elections.
    Jai Hind

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