The Election Commission (EC) on Monday declared that polls to the three Rajya Sabha seats from Kerala falling vacant later this month will probably be held on April 30.
The ballot panel issued an in depth press observe for “conduct of biennial election to the council of states from Kerala to fill the seats of members retiring on April 21”.
Those retiring from these seats embody Abdul Wahab (IUML), KK Ragesh (CPI M) and Vayalar Ravi (Congress).
The EC mentioned notification for the polls will probably be issued on Tuesday and polling will probably be held between 9 am and 4 pm on April 30. The votes will probably be counted on the identical day.
In Rajya Sabha polls, votes are counted within the night.
The election course of for these seats had been within the information not too long ago after the EC had earlier put in abeyance these polls.
The resolution of the ballot panel to problem a contemporary schedule got here on a day when the Kerala High Court directed it to carry the biennial election to the three Rajya Sabha seats from the state from the current state meeting.
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“When the Commission itself has admitted that it is duty-bound to conduct the election and complete the process at the earliest, it is only appropriate that it takes expeditious steps without further delay to complete the election before another electorate comes into existence on May 02, 2021,” Justice PV Asha mentioned within the order.
Days after the EC put the Rajya Sabha polls within the state in abeyance, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had questioned the “political intervention” behind the fee’s resolution.
The EC had then responded by saying that the Law Ministry has “no remit” to make suggestion on the schedule of Rajya Sabha elections.
Monday’s press observe mentioned the EC had then “received a reference” from the Law Ministry “wherein a question of constitutional propriety was raised.”
Initially, election to the three Rajya Sabha seats was to be held on April 12.
Members of legislative meeting elect Rajya Sabha members. The MLAs of the outgoing meeting, wherein the ruling LDF has a majority, had been to elect the three new members. Polling for Kerala meeting elections had been held on April 6 and counting will happen on May 2.
Rajya Sabha elections are normally held earlier than the expiry of the time period of retiring members.