Actually we were hoping that the EC might announce dates for a by-polls to the two constituencies along with recently concluded elections to a lone seat in the Legislative Council.
The Election Commission is likely to hold by-elections to these seats in the first week of April.
Bengaluru: With the curtains set to fall in the five state Assembly polls in the country in about a week, it looks like a by-poll fever is catching up in the two assembly constituencies – Nanjangud and Gundlupet – in the state.
The Election Commission is likely to hold by-elections to these seats in the first week of April. Speaking to reporters a senior official in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer on condition of anonymity disclosed that the Election Commission generally issues the poll notification in New Delhi itself and in all probability, the EC should be waiting to finish work on elections in five states.
“Actually we were hoping that the EC might announce dates for a by-polls to the two constituencies along with recently concluded elections to a lone seat in the Legislative Council, that was needed due to the resignation of Y. A. Narayanswamy, who had contested in the Hebbal on a BJP ticket last year. Since this has not happened, the EC is likely to announce the dates in the next couple of days, as the former minister, V. Srinivasprasad had quit in last October as MLA,” the source added.
The source further claimed that the electoral rules suggest that the EC needs to complete this procedure of elections within six months of any elected member resigning provided at least a year’s term remains.
“In Mr. Srinvasprasad’s case both these rules apply as six-month duration will be completed on April 19 and before this date approaches, the EC will be completing these process of electing a new representative as there will be technically still a year’s term left. Henceforward, the EC might announce the dates for a by-election to both seats in the matter of a couple of days,” the source explained.
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The Nanjangud seat fell vacant after the former revenue minister Srinivasprasad quit the Assembly and the Congress angry over his dropping from the state cabinet. The veteran Dalit leader later has joined the BJP and is its candidate for the seat.
The Gundlupet Assembly seat fell vacant after the former co-operation minister Mahadevprasad passed away.