Assembly elections can be held in Vattiyoorkavu, says legal advice
Thiruvananthapuram: The Election Commission (EC) has received legal advice that there are no legal obstacles to conduct assembly elections in Vattiyoorkavu.
A case was filed by BJP candidate Kummanam Rajasekharan challenging the victory of UDF candidate K. Muraleedharan. Kummanam Rajasekharan alleged that Muraleedharan withheld information regarding his assets.
Now the EC has received legal advice that this case will not stand. Chief Election Officer (CEO) Teeka Ram Meena has informed the matter to the EC.
Meena had sought legal advice from the High Court standing council if the assembly elections at Vattiyoorkavu can be held as there was an election case pending. In the case, Kummanam Rajasekharan had demanded to annul K. Muraleedharan’s election victory. However, Kummanam had not sought to declare himself as the winner.
Meanwhile, K Muraleedharan resigned his MLA post after winning the Lok Sabha election from Vadakara. Even if Kummanam goes ahead with the case, there will not be any issues to conduct the assembly polls in Vattiyoorkavu. This is the legal advice received by Meena. Following this, the Chief Election Officer recommended to the Central Election Commissioner that by-elections to the six assembly constituencies in Kerala can be held.
However, there are a few uncertainties regarding Manjeshwaram. The by-election will be likely if K Surendran withdraws his election case.
Moreover, several suggestions have been put forward regarding the election date. The recommendation requests to take Kerala’s monsoon and official state festival Onam into consideration. If the request is approved, Teeka Ram Meena expects that the by-polls will be held in October.