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Bye Elections to the Council of States from Kerala and West Bengal -reg.


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No. ECI/PN/88/2021                               
Dated: 31st October, 2021



Subject:   Bye Elections to the Council of States from Kerala and West Bengal -reg.

There are two casual vacancies in the Council of States from Kerala and West Bengal as per details below: -


Name of Member

Cause of vacancy

Date of vacancy

Term Up to


Shri Jose K. Mani




West Bengal

Ms. Arpita Ghosh




2. The Commission vide Press Note No. ECI/PN/67/2021, dated 28.05.2021 had decided that due to outbreak of the second wave of COVID-19 in the country, it would not be appropriate to hold bye election to the Council of States from Kerala till the pandemic situation significantly improves and conditions become conducive to hold bye election to the Council of States from Kerala.

3. The Commission having re-assessed the situation in the State of Kerala and after taking into consideration all relevant facts, has now decided to conduct above-mentioned two bye elections to the Council of States from Kerala and West Bengal in accordance with the following programme: -

S. No




Issue of Notifications

09th November, 2021 (Tuesday)


Last date of making nominations

16th November, 2021 (Tuesday)


Scrutiny of nominations

17th November, 2021 (Wednesday)


Last date for withdrawal of candidatures

22nd November, 2021 (Monday)


Date of Poll

29th November, 2021 (Monday)


Hours of Poll

09:00 am to 04:00 pm


Counting of Votes

29th November, 2021 (Monday) at 05:00 pm


Date before which election shall be completed

01st December, 2021 (Wednesday)


4. Broad Guidelines of Covid-19 as already issued by ECI as well as the recent guidelines issued by ECI as contained in para 06 of Press Note dated 28.09.2021 available at link to be followed, wherever applicable, during entire election process for all persons.

5. The Chief Secretaries of States concerned are being directed to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the election.


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