Bhubaneswar: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Saturday announced the dates for the bye-elections to Rajya Sabha from three States including Odisha.
The bye-elections were necessitated due to six casual vacancies in the Rajya Sabha from Bihar, Gujarat and Odisha, the reason of which is mentioned below.
From Odisha, Achyutananda Samanta was elected to Lok Sabha on May 24, 2019 while his term of office in the upper house was to end on April 3, 2024.
Seat of Pratap Keshari Deb became vacant on June 9, 2019 after he was elected to Odisha Assembly, while his term of office in the upper house was to end on July 1, 2022.
Soumya Ranjan Patnaik had tendered his resignation from the upper house on June 6, 2019 while his term was to end on April 3, 2024.
From Bihar, Ravi Shankar Prasad was elected to Lok Sabha on May 23, 2019 while his term in the upper house was to end on April 2, 2024.
From Gujarat, Shah Amitbhai Anilchandra (Amit Shah) was elected to Lok Sabha on May 23, 2019 while his term in the upper house was to end on August 18, 2023.
Similarly, Smriti Zubin Irani was elected to Lok Sabha on May 24, 2019 while her term in the upper house was to end on August 18, 2023.
The notifications for the bye-elections will be issued on June 18, 2019 (Tuesday) and the last date of making nominations is June 25, 2019 (Tuesday).
The scrutiny of the nominations will be held on June 26, 2019 (Wednesday) and the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is June 28, 2019 (Friday).
The poll will be held on July 5, 2019 (Friday) from 9 AM to 4 PM and the counting of votes will be held on the same day at 5 PM.
Date before which the election shall be completed is July 9, 2019 (Tuesday).
It is further clarified that the vacancies for Bye-elections to all Houses, including the Rajya Sabha, are considered as separate vacancies and separate notifications are issued and separate poll is taken for each of the vacancies although the programme schedule for the bye-elections may be common.
This is in conformity with the provisions of Section 147 to 151 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, and has been the consistent practice of the Commission in such cases.