EC silent on dates for UP assembly polls
The Election Commission will soon decide on the schedule for bye-elections to seven Lok Sabha seats.india Updated: Jan 16, 2007 17:46 IST
The Election Commission will soon decide on the schedule for bye-elections to seven Lok Sabha seats rendered vacant by the expulsion of MPs in the cash-for-query scam but maintained suspense over the dates for the assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.
"In respect of three Lok Sabha vacancies in Uttar Pradesh, they will be held along with the assembly polls. Rest of them, we will take a decision soon," Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswamy told a press conference.
He, however, said that the Commission has got six months time from the date of the apex court's verdict to conduct elections in the ten Lok Sabha seats.
He was asked as to when the seats would be filled. Seven Lok Sabha vacancies are in states other than UP.
The apex court on January 10 had upheld Parliament's right to expel members for misconduct in the context of the cash-for-query scam of 2005.
On the assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, he said that a new assembly has to be constituted by May 14.
"You can do your calculations," the CEC said when asked whether the poll schedule for UP would be announced before the completion of assembly poll process in Manipur, Punjab and Uttarakhand.