Bye-election to two vacant assembly seats in Odisha by Nov 29

Bhubaneswar: The Election Commission of India (ECI) is likely to conduct bye-election to two vacant assembly seats in Odisha– Balasore and Tirtol– by around November 29. A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the commission today.

Worth mentioning, Balasore and Tirtol assembly seats fell vacant after the demise of MLAs Madan Mohan Dutta and Bishnu Charan Das.

The meeting of the commission was held regarding holding of bye-elections due in various states. Presently, there are 65 clear vacancies due for bye-elections in Assembly/Parliamentary Constituency, out of which there are 64 vacancies in the State Legislative Assemblies of various states and one vacancy for Parliamentary Constituency.

The Commission reviewed the reports and inputs from Chief Secretaries/Chief Electoral Officers of many of the concerned states seeking deferment of the bye-elections in their states in view of several factors including the extra-ordinary heavy rains in some places and other constraints like pandemic etc.

Considering that General Assembly Election of Bihar is also due and required to be completed before November 29, Commission has decided to conduct all the 65 bye-elections and the General Assembly Elections of Bihar around the same time. One of the major factors in clubbing them together is the relative ease of movement of CAPF/other law and order forces, and related logistics issues, the ECI said in a press release.

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