Those retiring from these seats are the IUML’s Abdul Wahab, the CPM’s KK Ragesh, and the Congress’ Vayalar Ravi
New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) on Monday declared that polls to the three Rajya Sabha seats from Kerala falling vacant later this month will likely be held on 30 April.
The ballot panel issued an in depth press word for “conduct of biennial election to the council of states from Kerala to fill the seats of members retiring on 21 April”.
Those retiring from these seats embody Abdul Wahab (IUML), KK Ragesh (CPM) and Vayalar Ravi (Congress).
The EC stated notification for the polls will likely be issued on Tuesday and polling will likely be held between 9 am and four pm on 30 April. The votes will likely be counted on the identical day.
In Rajya Sabha polls, votes are counted within the night. The election course of for these seats have been within the information not too long ago after the EC had earlier put in abeyance these polls.
The resolution of the ballot panel to concern a recent schedule got here on a day when the Kerala High Court directed the it to carry the biennial election to the three Rajya Sabha seats from the state from the current state Assembly.
“It is seen that at least after it arrived at the decision that it’s the duty to see that the vacancies are filled up at the earliest, the commission is yet to take any steps for the same,” the court docket stated.
“When the Commission itself has admitted that it is duty-bound to conduct the election and complete the process at the earliest, it is only appropriate that it takes expeditious steps without further delay to complete the election before another electorate comes into existence on 2 May, 2021,” Justice P V Asha stated within the order.
Days after the EC put the Rajya Sabha polls within the state in abeyance, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had questioned the “political intervention” behind the fee’s resolution.
The EC had then responded by saying that the Law Ministry has “no remit” to make suggestion on the schedule of Rajya Sabha elections.
Monday”s press word stated the EC had then “received a reference” from the Law Ministry “wherein a question of constitutional propriety was raised.”
Initially, election to the three Rajya Sabha seats was to be held on 12 April.
Members of legislative Assembly elect Rajya Sabha members. The MLAs of the outgoing meeting, during which the ruling LDF has a majority, have been to elect the three new members.
Polling for Kerala Assembly elections have been held on 6 April and counting will happen on 2 May.
Rajya Sabha elections are normally held earlier than the expiry of the time period of retiring members.