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Announcement : Bye Elections to the Council of States from Manipur & Odisha

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Bye Elections to Manipur & Odisha :

There are casual vacancies in the Council of States from Manipur and Odisha.

Related : Status Paper On EVM Election Commission of India :

The details are given as below :
S.No | State | Name of Member | Cause of vacancy | Term of office upto
1. Manipur Sh. Haji Abdul Salam Death on 28.02.2017 09.04.2020
2. Odisha Sh. Bishnu Charan Das Resignation on 21.03.2017 01.07.2022

The Commission has decided to hold bye-elections to the Council of States from Manipur and Odisha to fill up the above said vacancies in accordance with the following programmme :
Sl.No. | Subject of Program | Dates and Days :
1. Issue of Notifications : 8th May, 2017 (Monday)

2. Last Date of making nominations : 15th May, 2017 (Monday)
3. Scrutiny of nominations : 16th May, 2017 (Tuesday)
4. Last date for withdrawal of candidatures : 18th May, 2017 (Thursday)

5. Date of Poll : 25th May, 2017 (Thursday)
6. Hours of Poll : 9.00 A.M. to 4.00 P.M.
7. Counting of Votes : 25th May, 2017 (Thursday) at 5.00 P.M.
8. Date before which election shall be completed : 27th May, 2017 (Saturday)

FAQs :
1. Can a non-citizen be a candidate?
No, A non citizen cannot be a contesting candidate in the elections. Article 84 (a) of the Constitution of India envisages that a person shall not be qualified to be chosen to fill up a seat in the Parliament unless he is a citizen of India. Similar provision exists for State Legislative Assemblies in Article 173 (a) of the Constitution.

2 What is the minimum age for becoming a candidate for Lok Sabha or Assembly election?
Twenty Five Years, Article 84 (b) of Constitution of India provides that the minimum age for becoming a candidate for Lok Sabha election shall be 25 years. Similar provision exists for a candidate to the Legislative Assemblies vide Article 173 (b) of the Constitution read with Sec. 36 (2) of the R. P. Act, 1950.

3. If I am not registered as a voter in any Constituency, can I contest election?
No, For contesting an election as a candidate a person must be registered as a voter. Sec 4 (d) of Representation People Act, 1951 precludes a person from contesting unless he is an elector in any parliamentary constituency. Section 5 (c) of R. P. Act, 1951 has a similar provision for Assembly Constituencies.

4. I am registered as a voter in Delhi. Can I contest election to Lok Sabha from Haryana or Maharashtra, or Orissa?
Yes, If you are a registered voter in Delhi, you can contest an election to Lok Sabha from any constituency in the country except Assam, Lakshadweep and Sikkim, as per Section 4 (c), 4 (cc) and 4 (ccc) of the R. P. Act, 1951.

5. If some body is convicted for some offence and he is sentenced to imprisonment for 3 years, can he contest elections?
No, As per Section 8 (3) of R. P. Act, 1951, if a person is convicted of any offence and sentenced to an imprisonment of 2 years or more, this will be disqualification to contest elections.

6. Supposing he is on bail, pending disposal of his appeal, can he contest the election?
No. Even if is a person is on bail, after the conviction and his appeal is pending for disposal, he is disqualified from contesting an election as per the guidelines issued by the Election Commission of India.

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