Kochi, Apr 17: Election Commission of India (ECI) is likely to take a decision on holding byelection to two Assembly Constituencies in Kerala during the first week of May as the present lockdown will expire by then, official sources said. Any extension of the social distancing drive and lockdown beyond the third week of May would force the ECI to call off the byelection as much time would not be left before conducting the next Assembly election.
The term of the current Assembly expires on May 19, 2021. Holding of public meetings, door-todoor campaigns and voting would become impossible in the event of the extension of social distancing norm. A decision on holding the byelection to Kuttanad and Chavara Assembly constituencies will be taken along with other states. The two seats fell vacant following the death of Thomass Chandy and N Vijayan Pillai.
Earlier, the Commission had decided to hold the election in April in the state. Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus, the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Kerala had suggested conducting the byelection in May or June. If the byelection has to be held, the voters list as updated on January one, 2020 will be used for voting. The final voters list for the two constituencies was published on February four, the sources said. (UNI)