Kohima, March 16: The bye-elections to the 51-Noksen Assembly Constituency under Tuensang district in Nagaland will be held on April 17, 2021.
Announcing the date today, Election Commission of India (ECI) Under Secretary Sanjeev Kumar Prasad said that the Commission has decided to hold bye-elections to fill vacancies in two Parliamentary Constituencies of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka and 14 vacancies in Assembly Constituencies of various States, including Nagaland.
The ECI announced that the gazette notification would be issued on March 23 while the last date of nominations is March 30.
Scrutiny of nominations would be done on March 31 while last date for withdrawal of candidatures is April 3.
Polling would be held on April 17 while counting would be done on May 2, he said.
Informing that the Commission has decided to use EVMs and VVPATs in these bye-election in all polling stations, he said adequate numbers of EVMs and VVPATs have been made available and all steps have been taken to ensure that the polls are conducted smoothly.
Meanwhile, Prasad also informed that model code of conduct (MCC) has come into force with immediate effect in the district(s) in which the whole or any part of the Assembly Constituency going for election is included, subject to partial modification as issued vide Commission’s instruction.
The MCC would be applicable to all candidates, political parties and the State and Union governments concerned, he said.
Further, Prasad said that to facilitate the voter to know the serial number of electoral roll of his/her polling station, date of poll, time etc., the Commission vide letter dated 26.02.2021, has decided to issue Voter Information Slip (VIS) to the voters in place of Photo Voter Slip.
VIS will include information like polling station, date, time etc. but not the photograph of the voter, he said.
It will be distributed at least 5 days before the date of poll to all enrolled electors, by the District Election Officer.
However, VIS will not be allowed as proof of identity of voters as the Commission had discontinued Photo Voter Slips as an identity proof with effect from February 28, 2019.
In view of spread of COVID-19, the Commission on August 21, 2020, issued broad guidelines, which is to be followed strictly during the conduct of elections. It’s available on the Commission’s website.
It may be recalled that the 51-Noksen seat in the State had been vacant following the demise of the sitting Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Justice & Law, C M Chang on October 12, 2020 while undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima. (Page News Service)