Graduates from Karnataka South East and West constituencies and teachers from Karnataka North East and Bengaluru constituencies can enrol themselves in the electoral rolls by November 6 if they wish to vote in the Legislative Council polls for these seats.
The Election Commission of India on July 31 announced the schedule for the De-Novo (afresh) preparation of electoral rolls with reference to November 1, 2019, as qualifying date for these constituencies for casual and normal vacancies, said Sanjiv Kumar, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) for Karnataka.
Addressing presspersons on Tuesday, he said the term of four members of the Legislative Council — R. Chowda Reddy Thopalli from Karnataka South East Graduates’ constituency, S.V. Sankanur from Karnataka West Graduates’ constituency, Sharanappa Mattur from Karnataka North East Teachers’ constituency, and Puttanna from Bangalore Teachers’ constituency — will end on June 30, 2020.
“The process will begin on October 1. While November 6 is the last date to file applications for enrolment (in Form 18 or Form 19 as the case may be), the draft electoral rolls will be published on November 23,” he said. The new claims and objections for the draft electoral rolls will be accepted till December 9 and the final electoral rolls will be published on December 30, Mr. Kumar said.
Will nominations filed by disqualified MLAs be accepted?
Disqualified MLAs can file their nominations for the October 21 bypolls, but whether their papers will be accepted or not is the question, said Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar on Tuesday.
Speaking to mediapersons here, the CEO said: “No one can stop anyone from filing nominations. However, the question is whether the parers will be accepted or not.”
When asked about the Election Commission’s submission to the Supreme Court that the Speaker’s order disqualifying the MLAs cannot deprive them of their right to contest, Mr. Kumar said: “The submission was before the Supreme Court. We learnt about it through the newspapers. Let us not discuss it when things are subjudice.”
He explained that the scrutiny officer will take into account all the aspects while scrutinising the nominations. “The scrutiny officer knows the provisions of the Representation of The People Act, 1951 and will decide accordingly,” he said.