RK Nagar Assembly constituency has remained vacant for more than six months now, the Election Commission of India has certified that the bypoll to the constituency would be held only when the situation became “conducive.”
The Commission, which has been “constantly monitoring and assessing the ground situation” for holding the pending bypoll, observed that the situation in the constituency “has not improved”, and as such, it was “not possible” to conduct the election within the time limit of six months (June 4), as per Section 151 A of the Representation of People Act, 1951.
A report from Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Lakhoni also recommended extending the period for holding the bypoll for the constituency.
“The Commission has certified that the byelection to the Legislative Assembly [Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar] to fill up the said casual vacancy could not be held within the period contemplated in Section 151A of the Representation of People Act, 1951. The said byelection will now be held when the situation in the constituency concerned becomes conducive to the conduct of free and fair election,” a certificate from the Commission stated.
The Commission explained the difficulties to the Union Ministry of Law and Justice, which concurred with the opinion, it added.