EC to hold By-election to a vacant post in AP Legislative Council


The Election Commission of India has decided to hold a by-election to a vacant MLC post in Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council on July 6, 2020.

The MLC post fell vacant with the resignation of Docca Manikya Vara Prasad of Telugu Desam Party on March 9, 2020, after he defected to the ruling YSRCP party.

The Commission, after receiving inputs from CEO, Andhra Pradesh, has decided to fill the vacancy by holding elections to the post as per the following schedule: 

 Issue of NotificationsJune 18, 2020 (Thursday)
 Last Date of making nominationsJune 25, 2020 (Thursday)
 Scrutiny of nominationsJune 26, 2020 (Friday)
 Last date for withdrawal of candidaturesJune 29, 2020 (Monday)
 Date of PollJuly 06, 2020 (Monday)
 Hours of Poll09:00 am-04:00 pm
 Counting of VotesJuly 06, 2020 (Monday) at 05:00 pm
 Date before which election shall be completedJuly 8, 2020 (Wednesday)

The EC said adequate measures for close monitoring of the election process by appointing observers shall be taken to ensure a free and fair election. Commission has also directed the Chief Secretary of the State to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the elections.