ECI defers bye-election for Kerala RS seat vacated by Jose Mani
New Delhi, May 28, 2021
The Election Commission of India (ECI) today deferred the bye-election for a Rajya Sabha seat from Kerala due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The seat had fallen vacant on January 11, 2021 when Kerala Congress-Mani chief Jose K Mani resigned from the Rajya Sabha. His term was till July 1, 2024.
As per the provisions of Section 151A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, the vacancy is required to be filled, through bye-election within six months from date of occurrence of vacancy, provided that remainder of the term in relation to the vacancy is one year or more.
"The Commission has reviewed the matter today and has decided that due to outbreak of the second wave of COVID-19 in the country, it would not be appropriate to hold the said bye-election till the pandemic situation significantly improves and conditions become conducive to hold above mentioned bye-election," an official press release said.
"The Commission will take a decision in the matter at appropriate time in the future after taking inputs from the concerned states and assessing the pandemic situation from mandated authorities like NDMA/SDMA," the release added.