Bypolls to other assembly constituencies likely in November: Teeka Ram Meena
Thiruvananthapuram: State Chief Electoral Officer Teeka Ram Meena stated that the by-elections to the five assembly constituencies in Kerala is likely to be held in November. The date of by-election to Pala constituency was declared early, as bypolls has to be conducted within six months of seat being vacant. No other issues exist here, he said.
Referring to Kodiyeri Balakrishnan’s statement the other day, Meena added that those who raise allegations of conspiracy has to undergo an introspection and political leaders can blurt out anything.
The bypolls to four assembly constituencies have to be conducted as the MLAs were elected to the Parliament. These constituencies have been vacant since June. The high court order in Manjeshwaram was issued in July which is why the seat was vacant since July only, Teeka Rama Meena said.
The high court had ordered K. Surendran to pay Rs 42,000 to meet the court expenses for the case. Surendran has not paid the full amount yet. This is the only technical issue remaining to be settled there, the chief electoral officer said.
However, the bypolls to the five constituencies other than Pala are likely to take place simultaneously. There is no issue regarding the conduct of bypoll in Vattiyoorkkavu. The power to take the final decision is vested in the Election Commission and it has the discretionary power for the same, Meena made it clear.