New Delhi:3/5/21: In view of the raging second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, the Election Commission of India (ECI) today deferred the bye-election to Pipili Assembly constituency in Odisha and two other Assembly constituencies in West Bengal. The bye-election to the three Assembly seats was scheduled to be held on May 16, 2021.
In a statement, the poll panel stated, “Commission after taking all material facts and inputs of CEO West Bengal and CEO Odisha in consideration and taking note of lockdown/restrictions under Disaster Management Act, 2005, as issued by NDMA/SDMA has decided to defer the scheduled poll and extend the period of elections in 110-Pipili Assembly constituency of Odisha and 58-Jangipur and 56-Samserganj Assembly constituencies of West Bengal.”
The Election Commission further stated fresh notification will be issued after assessing the pandemic situation.
The model code of conduct in the three Assembly constituencies has been lifted with immediate effect. The same will be in force from the next date of notification, the statement added.