ECI decides to conduct bye-elections before November 29

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Imphal: Election Commission of India (ECI) on Friday decided to conduct all the 65 bye-elections and Bihar General Assembly Elections of Bihar around the same time before November 29.

The commission in a press statement said there are 65 clear vacancies due for bye-elections in Assembly/Parliamentary Constituency, out of which there are 64 vacancies in the state Legislative Assemblies of various states and 1(one) vacancy for Parliamentary Constituency.

For Manipur seven Assembly constituencies are vacant. The constituencies are Wangkhei, Wangoi, Saitu, Singhat, Wangjing Tentha, Tamenglong, Henglep and Naoriya Pakhanglakpa.

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The Commission reviewed the reports and inputs from chief secretaries/chief electoral officers of many of the concerned states seeking deferment of the bye-elections in their states in view of several factors including the extra-ordinary heavy rains in some places and other constraints like pandemic etc.

Considering that General Assembly Elections of Bihar are also due and required to be completed before 29th November 2020, the Commission has decided to conduct all the 65 bye-elections and the General Assembly Elections of Bihar around the same time, the commission said.

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One of the major factors in clubbing them together is the relative ease of movement of CAPF/ other law and order forces, and related logistics issues, the Commission said.

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