Strange move by Election Commission of India

Strange move by Election Commission of India

Team Ambitiousbaba are here with a Current Affairs Special Series. In this series, candidates will be introduced to current affairs topics daily, which will not only improve their general awareness but also will ensure that the candidates do not lack in any current affairs topic. Today’s Current Affairs topic is “Strange move by Election Commission of India

Election Commission of India has announced the new date of election in Punjab by its official notification will be issued on January 25. Punjab will go to polls on February 20 while counting of votes will be undertaken on March 10.

Why date has been changed?

After the announcement of the polling dates for 5 States, Election Commission has incurred several representations from State Government, Political Parties and other organizations with their strong urge for regarding movement of a large number of devotees from Punjab to Varanasi for participation in Sri Guru Ravidas Ji Jayanti celebrations, which is observed on 16th February 2022.

They have also draw the attention on that a large number of devotees will start going for Varanasi around a week before the day of celebration. This may keeping the poll day on 14th February 2022 divest large number of electors from voting. In view of this, they have urged to shift the poll date few days after 16th February 2022.

Chief Minister of Punjab, Charanjit Singh Channi had requested the Election Commission to set back the February 14 Assembly polls by six days in view of Guru Ravidas Jayanti.

In a request letter to Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra, Channi wrote that, it was brought to his notice by representatives of the Scheduled Castes community, which is around 32 per cent of the state’s population that the birth anniversary of Guru Ravidas falls on February 16.

The Commission also considered  remarks from the state government and the Punjab Chief Electoral Officer in this regard.

Election Commission said after the consideration that the poll body is ordered under law to hold elections within six months before the five-year term of the Lok Sabha or Legislative Assembly expires.

As per the prescribed constitution in some exceptional cases Election Commission can delay the process or even scrapped after its announcement under extraordinary circumstances.

As per practice, the Commission clubs all elections that are close to each other to ensure that the results in one state do not influence voters in the state going to the polls soon after. The earliest due date of a state determines the poll dates for all the clubbed states.

Situation happened earlier:

Under Section 153 of the Representation of the People Act, the poll panel can “extend the time” for completing an election, but such extension should not go beyond the date of the normal dissolution of the Lok Sabha or the Assembly.

In 1991, the Commission, under this provision read with Article 324 of the Constitution, postponed parliamentary elections for three weeks following the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi during his campaign in Tamil Nadu.

Election Commission has postponed elections to 18 Rajya Sabha seats in March 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In May 2021, the Commission also deferred bye-elections in several states and UTs due to the pandemic.

Question & Answer:

Q1. For which state Election commission has changed the assembly polls date?

Ans. Punjab

Q2. What is the new date for assembly election in Punjab?

Ans. 20th February

Q3. Under which section Election Commission of India is scheduled in Indian constitution?

Ans. Section 324

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