Kerala HC asks Election Commission to file assertion on why it delayed polls to three Rajya Sabha seats

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THE KERALA High Court on Wednesday requested the Election Commission (EC) to furnish an announcement on why it saved in abeyance an earlier notification to conduct elections to 3 Rajya Sabha seats within the state, which fall vacant on April 21. The court docket was listening to the petition of CPI (M) legislator S Sharma, who has challenged the EC’s choice.

The EC advised the court docket that the notification for the election course of could be issued earlier than April 21. However, the bench of Justice P V Asha sought a proof on why it determined to maintain in abeyance the sooner notification to conduct the elections. The EC has to furnish its assertion on April 9, when the matter comes up subsequent earlier than the court docket.

As per the unique schedule, the elections to the three seats ought to have been held on April 12. That would have ensured proper to vote for the legislators of the current meeting. A brand new meeting can be fashioned after outcomes to the state elections are introduced on May 2.

The EC had final week advised the court docket that the election course of could be accomplished in such a way to make sure the legislators of the present meeting are entitled to elect the RS members.

In his petition, Sharma alleged that the EC was performing in an arbitrary method and he has each proper to know why the ballot course of for the three RS seats was deferred.