ECI announces dates for elections in 3 NE states
New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (ECI) today announced the schedule for holding elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura. The Commission, after considering all relevant aspects recommended to the Governors of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura to issue notifications for the elections under the relevant provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.
The ECI said the decision to hold elections was taken after taking into consideration all relevant aspects like climatic conditions, academic calendar, board examination, major festivals, prevailing law and order situation in these States, availability of Central Armed Police Forces, the time needed for movement, transportation and timely deployment of forces and in-depth assessment of other relevant ground realities.
The ECI also decided to hold a bye-election to fill vacancies in one Parliamentary Constituency of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep and six Assembly Constituencies of Arunachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Maharashtra.
The details are as follows:
Schedule for the General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Tripura
Schedule for the General Election to the Legislative Assemblies of Meghalaya and Nagaland
Schedule for the bye-election
The Lakshadweep (Scheduled Tribe) Parliamentary seat had fallen vacant since the disqualification of Mohammed Faizal Padippura of the Nationalist Congress Party, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempted murder by the sessions court in Kavaratti on January 11, 2023.
In Jharkhand, the Ramgarh Assembly seat had fallen vacant following the disqualification of Mamta Devi of the Congress Party, who was convicted in a criminal case and sentenced to five years of rigorous imprisonment by a Special MP-MLA court on December 13, 2022. She was convicted in a case related to the protesters’ firing and police retaliation in which 2 protesters were killed at Rajarappa in Ramgarh District on August 29, 2016.
The other assembly constituencies where the bye-elections will be held are Erode East (Tamil Nadu), Sagardighi (West Bengal), Kasba Peth and Chinchwad (both in Maharashtra), where the seats lie vacant following the deaths of the respective MLAs.
-global bihari bureau