- The Arunachal Congress urges the EC to announce By-polls dates
- The two seats of the Assembly constituencies are vacant for several months
- As per the Constitution, it should be completed within six months.
The Congress party of Arunachal Pradesh recently urged the Election Commission of India(ECI) to announce the dates of by-polls in the state as two of the seats are vacant for several months.
Congress President wrote a letter to EC
The Arunachal Pradesh Congress has recently written a letter to the Election Commission of India asking them to hold by-poll elections in the state to fill the two vacant seats of the assembly constituencies.
The two seats are vacant for several months and as per the Constitution of India, the By-poll elections should be completed within six months, the letter says.
The constituencies are Pakke-Kessang in East Kameng district and Likabali in Lower Siang district.
The President of the state fragment party Takam Sanjoy, in a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti, said Pakke-Kessang (ST) Assembly constituency has been vacant since February 8 this year.
The seat fell vacant after former deputy chief minister and the then MLA Kameng Dolo lost his Assembly membership following a Supreme Court ruling.
In the letter to the EC, he also wrote, “The delay caused by your good office for not announcing the by-poll even after the expiry of six months is unprecedented, arbitrary and against the Constitutional provision.”
Though the Election Commission had announced the by-poll to the constituency on July 29 this year, it was cancelled because of bad weather in the state at that time as that was the season of heavy rains and in that condition elections were not possible.
In the letter, the APCC president also pointed out that Likabali seat also fell vacant after the death of Health Minister Jomde Kena on September 4 this year.
Hence, the party urged the chief election commissioner to club the by-elections for both the vacant seats and order elections at the earliest.