EC nod awaited for Assembly, Council by-elections


Election to Nizamabad LAC MLC seat linked to ULB election

The Chief Election Officer is awaiting instructions from the Election Commission of India for filling three vacant seats in the Legislative Council and one seat in the Legislative Assembly.

The seats in the council fell vacant after the Legislative Council Chairman disqualified three members — K. Yadav Reddy, R. Bhoopathi Reddy and S. Ramulu Naik — while the Huzurnagar Assembly seat fell vacant after sitting MLA N. Uttam Kumar Reddy quit the post after being elected to the Lok Sabha.

The MLCs were disqualified under the provisions of the X Schedule of the Constitution and Telangana Legislative Council Rule 6 (disqualification on grounds of defection) on the grounds that they shifted loyalties to the Congress ahead of the 2018 Assembly polls. The High Court too upheld the disqualification claiming that there were no illegalities found in the disqualification process.

Mr. Ramulu Naik was nominated to the post by the Governor and Mr. Yadava Reddy was elected under the MLA quota while Mr. Bhoopathi Reddy was elected from the Nizamabad Local Authorities Constituency.

Filling the vacancies under the nominated member quota and MLAs quota would be a formality. However, the State election authority is understood to have landed in a piquant situation over holding elections to the Nizamabad Local Authorities Constituency.

Incomplete constituency

The rules mandate that there should be at least 75% of the total electors (MPTCs, ZPTCs, Corporators and Councillors) be present for the election to be conducted. The constituency is short of the 75% figure as the term of the municipalities and municipal corporation under its jurisdiction expired on July 2.

The officials have referred the matter to the Election Commission. “We are not sure when the elections to the municipalities will be held so that the vacancy can be filled,” a senior official told The Hindu.

The election authority had already referred the resignation of Mr. Uttam Kumar Reddy to the EC and the election authority had reportedly enquired about the appointment of the returning officer and assistant returning officer for the purpose.

The CEO’s office had decided to brief the government about the same and send the action taken report to the Commission soon.

Asked whether the Commission might opt to hold election to the Huzurnagar seat along with elections in other parts of the country, officials said combining the polls was being done with a view to rationalise expenditure, but there was no such norm as such.

“The Commission is bound by the provisions of the Constitution to fill up the vacancy within six months from the day the vacancy is notified,” the official said.

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