Bye-elections to be held in Rajasthan, West Bengal on January 29 for three LS, two Assembly seats

New Delhi, December 28, 2017

The Election Commission of India (ECI) today said it would hold bye-elections on January 29, 2018 to fill three vacancies in the Lok Sabha – two from Rajasthan and one from West Bengal – as well as a vacancy each in the Legislative Assemblies of the two States.
The Lok Sabha seats which are vacant are Alwar and Ajmer in Rajasthan and Uluberia in West Bengal, while the vacant Assembly seats are Mandalgarh in Rajasthan and Noapara in West Bengal.
An official press release said that the notifications for the bye-elections would be issued on January 3 and the last date for filing nominations would be January 10. Nominations will be scrutinized on January 11 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is January 15. Counting of votes will be taken up on February 1.
All the three Lok Sabha vacancies have arisen due to the death of sitting members.
The Ajmer seat fell vacant after the death on August 9 of former Union Minister and BJP MP Sanwar Lal Jat, while the Alwar seat became vacant after the death on September 17 of BJP MP Chand Nath.
The Uluberia vacanacy has arisen following the death of Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sultan Ahmed on September 4.
The electoral rolls of the constituencies with reference to January 1, 2018 will be used for the bye-elections and these will be finally published on January 2.
The Commission has decided to use electronic voting machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) units in all the polling stations in these constituencies.
The Model Code of Conduct has come into force with immediate effect in the district(s) in which the whole or any part of the Parliamentary/ Assembly Constituency going for bye-election is included, subject to partial modification as issued vide Commission’s instruction No. 437/6/INST2016-CCS, dated 29th June, 2017 (available on the Commission’s website). The Model Code of Conduct shall be applicable to all candidates, political parties and the State Government concerned. The Model Code of Conduct shall also be applicable to the Union Government for the State concerned, the release added.
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