EC's decision to freeze election to vacant RS seats is anti-democratic: CPM

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In 2016 also, Rajya Sabha election for three members was notified after the assembly election was declared.

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Thiruvananthapuram: The CPM state secretariat stated that the Election Commission’s move to freeze the election to the Rajya Sabha seats was anti-democratic and anti-constitutional. The seats fell vacant after three members from Kerala retired. The EC froze the election after the notification was issued and this is a violation of the rights of assembly members, CPM alleged.

The EC was supposed to act independently and they should not bow before the external forces. In 2016 also, Rajya Sabha election for three members was notified after the assembly election was declared. This time, the returning officer had said that nomination can be filed till March 31 at 3 pm and the election will be held on April 12, the CPM pointed out.

However, the election procedure was stopped all of a sudden. This is an anti-democratic move as even the supreme court had stated in its verdicts that once election procedures are commenced, it should not be interfered. So, the EC should withdraw its decision to freeze the election, CPM state secretariat requested.

The Rajya Sabha on Thursday gave farewell to three members Vayalar Ravi of the Congress, K K Ragesh of the CPM and PV Abdul Wahab of the IUML, who are retiring in April.

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