EC announces bypolls to parliamentary, assembly seats

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New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) The Election Commission (EC) on Monday announced the schedule for by-elections to various parliamentary and assembly seats across seven states. Balloting will be held on November 19 for all the seats, the commission said.

The by-elections arew to be held for four parliamentary seats — Lakhimpur (Assam), Shahdol (Madhya Pradesh), Coochbehar (West Bengal) and Tamluk (West Bengal).

The assembly seats going for by-polls are Baithalangso (Scheduled Tribes) in Assam, Hayuliang (ST) in Arunachal Pradesh, Nepanagar (ST) in Madhya Pradesh, Monteswar in West Bengal, Thiruparankundram in Tamil Nadu, Barjala and Khowai in Tripura and Nellithope in Puducherry.

The last date for filing nominations for all bypolls is November 2 and the scrutiny will be done in November 3. The last date for withdrawing nominations is November 5.

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The voting will be held on November 19 through electronic voting machines (EVMS) and the votes would be counted on November 22, the EC said.

Besides, elections to the assembly constituencies of Aravakurichi and Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, which were earlier rescinded by the poll panel, will also be held according to the same schedule, the EC said.

“The Model Code of Conduct shall come into force with immediate effect in the districts in which the whole or any part of the parliamentary or assembly constituency for bye-elections is included,” Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said.

“The Model Code of Conduct shall be applicable to all candidates, political parties and the state governments concerned. It shall also be applicable to the Union government for the states concerned,” Sinha added.

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