By-elections for a parliamentary constituency and five Assembly segments across five states will take place on December 5, announced the Election Commission on Saturday.
Bypolls will be held for Mainpur Lok Sabha seat and Rampur Assembly constituency in Uttar Pradesh, Padampur Assembly seat in Odisha, Sardarshahar in Rajasthan, Kurhani in Bihar and Bhanupratappur in Chhattisgarh.
The counting of votes will take place on December 8.
In a press release, the Election Commission said that the gazette notification for the elections would be issued on November 10 and the last date of nomination is November 17. The date for scrutiny of nominations is November 18 whereas the last date for withdrawal of candidature is on November 21.
The election for Mainpuri constituency was necessitated after the demise of Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav where Rampur bypolls will be held to fill the Assembly seat vacated due to disqualification of former minister and jailed Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan.
Electronic voting machines (EVMs) and voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPATs) will be used in the bye-elections in all the polling stations in adequate numbers, the commission said.
All steps have been taken to ensure that the polls are conducted smoothly with the help of these machines. Covid-related arrangements are also done during bye-elections, it said.
“In view of overall improvement in the situation of Covid in the country and withdrawal of restrictive measure under the Disaster Management Act, it has been decided to follow the advisories issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India from time to time,” the commission said.
It further stated: During the process of bye election, there should be continued focus on the five-fold strategy, i.e. Test-Track-Treat-Vaccination and adherence to COVID Appropriate Behaviour. The District machinery should effectively monitor COVID situation and enforce the norms of COVID Appropriate Behaviour by prescribing requisite legal/administrative norms.”