EC postpones by-polls 3 LS, 8 Assembly seats

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Chennai: The Election Commission has decided to defer proposed bypolls to three Lok Sabha and eight Assembly seats in view of the prevailing coronavirus situation in the country.

The poll body said it would not be appropriate to hold the electoral exercise till the pandemic situation improves significantly.

“The Commission has reviewed the matter today (Wednesday) and has decided that due to outbreak of the second wave of Covid-19 in the country it would not be appropriate to hold by-elections till the pandemic situation significantly improves and conditions become conducive to hold these by-elections,” it said in a statement.

The Commission said it will take further decisions in the matter at an appropriate time after taking inputs from the states concerned and assessing the pandemic situation from mandated authorities such as the national and state disaster management authorities.