Postponement of bypolls only with legitimate reason, says EC
New Delhi: Sources connected to Election Commission of India said that the bypolls to Chavara and Kuttanad seats will be postponed only if there is a legitimate reason. They said that the reasons raised now are insufficient to defer the bypolls.
Just because the newly elected MLAs will get only six months time is not an adequate ground for postponement of elections. According to law, elections are to be held if there is one year time period between the seat lying vacant and the term ending.
However, if all political parties unanimously request for postponement, it would be considered. The request from state government alone will not be enough.
Meanwhile, the EC sources also said that Covid pandemic and heavy rains in the state might be considered while taking the final call.
The State Assembly has a period of only 6 months now. The newly-elected MLAs in bypolls will get a maximum of five months to work before the Model Code of Conduct comes into force.
In the wake of Covid pandemic, the by-elections are to be held following Covid protocol. Considering these issues, the government had suggested cancelling the bypolls.
But the Opposition did not agree to the recommendation. They demanded that if bypolls are cancelled, the upcoming election to local self-government bodies should also be postponed.