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Decision to hold LS by-polls in Karnataka in tune with R P Act, 1951: EC

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

The Tuesday said its decision to hold by-polls to three seats in Karnataka is in accordance with the Representation of the People Act, 1951, as the poll body face questions over the need for the exercise when are due early next year.

The Commission issued the clarification in the wake of questioning why it had not announced the

by-elections to fill five vacancies from the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, as had been done for Karnataka.

It said vacancies from (ST), Shimoga and Mandya constituencies of Karnataka occurred on May 18 and May 21, 2018 respectively, whereas vacancies from the five parliamentary constituencies from occurred on June 20.

The Commission said Section 151 A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 mandates it to fill the casual vacancies in the Houses of Parliament and state legislatures through bye elections within six months from the date of occurrence of the vacancy, provided that the remainder of the term of a member in relation to a vacancy is one year or more.

The term of the sixteenth is upto June 3, 2019.

The Commission said, "As the vacancies from Karnataka have occurred more than one year before the expiration of the term of House, bye elections are required to be held under Section 151A of R P Act 1951 to fill these vacancies within six months from the date of occurrence of vacancies, that is 18th and 21st May, 2018."

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 20th June, 2018, it said in a statement.

The EC had on Saturday announced the by-polls to Shimoga, and Mandya Lok Sabha constituencies, and and Jamkhandi assembly constituencies would be held on November 3.

The counting of votes will be on November 6.

Following the announcement, political parties in the state, while welcoming the schedule for assembly by-polls, expressed "surprise" about the decision to hold by-elections to three Lok Sabha seats.

Several political leaders raised questions about Lok Sabha by-polls being announced in Karnataka, while not doing the same for seats in neighbouring

"...even MPs in had resigned...I don't know what different law for both these states which are neighbouring states. The and the central government have to tell us," D K told reporters earlier Tuesday.

The by-elections had been necessitated after BJP's B S Yeddyurappa (Shimoga) and B Sriramalu (Bellary), and C S Puttaraju of JD(S) (Mandya) resigned as MPs on their election to the assembly in May last.

By-polls to Jamkhandi assembly seat was necessitated following the death of MLA Siddu Nyamagouda, while fell vacant as Chief H D Kumaraswamy gave up the seat and retained Channapatna, the other segment won by him in the assembly elections.

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 17:50 IST