Sources said that the state’s electoral office recently sent a recommendation to the electoral commission to hold the polls in the 24 constituencies of the council’s local authorities. Those 24 board seats have been vacant since July 16, 2021, when previous elected MLCs completed their six-year terms. The election in the 24 seats could not be held on time due to the incompletion of the Electoral College due to the delay of the PRI elections.
The elected members of the PRI, the urban local authorities (ULB) and the cantonment councils vote during the election of the MLCs in the constituencies of the local authorities.
As the Electoral College members who voted in the council polls, have already been finalized following the publication of the three-tier PRI election results, potential candidates for local authority constituencies have already started campaigning in their areas. respective. .
Even the main political parties have started informal talks to share seats for this election. In the NDA, the BJP and JD (U) can agree on the division of seats on a 50:50 basis, like previous Lok Sabha, assembly and council polls.
Most of the outgoing MLCs whose six-year terms ended on July 16, 2021, do their best to secure the candidacy of all major political parties, namely BJP, RJD and JD (U) to reinstate the upper house of the state legislature. . Likewise, candidates who lost the 2015 election are once again trying to get their respective party’s symbol to contest the municipal ballot, once again.
“As the state electoral office has sent its recommendation, the EC can notify the elections by the third or fourth week of January, and most likely the elections will be held in February or March,” he said. declared an electoral official to TOI. On Saturday.
In accordance with the rules, elected representatives of PRI like Mukhiya, constituency members of gram-panchayat, members of Panchayat Samiti, district council members, constituency members of different urban local bodies (ULB) such as the municipal corporation, Nagar Parishad and Nagar Panchayat as well as the elected members of the cantonment council vote in the constituencies of the local authorities of the Council.
In the last elections for the 24 local authority constituencies that took place in July 2015, the total number of voters in the state was 1,38,904. The latest elections were held at 534 polling stations across the state. State.
Ideally, the elections for these 24 constituencies should have taken place before July 2021, but they could not take place due to the delayed PRI elections and the covid-19 situation.
The current membership of the state legislative council stands at 51 compared to a total membership of 75, as the 24 vacant seats in local authority constituencies have been vacant since July 2021.