RK Nagar Poll By-Poll When Situation Becomes Conducive: EC

The by-poll in RK Nagar Assembly constituency will be held only after the atmosphere becomes conducive, says the Election Commission.

New Delhi: A�As AIADMK (Amma) faction MLAs started rallying behind its deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran, threatening the government of Edappadi Palanisamy, the Election Commission informed the Centre that the situation in the RK Nagar constituency has not improved to conduct the elections.

According to the statement by EC, a�?After taking all relevant factors into account, the EC, hereby certifies that the process of a by-election to RK Nagar constituency could not be held within the period contemplated (within six month-i.e, June 4) according to Section 151A of The Representation of the People Act. The said by-election will now be held when the situation in the constituency becomes conducive for the conduct of a free and fair election.a�?

The commission said that the election will be conducted only when the situation improves. a�?The by-election would now be held when the situation in the constituency concerned becomes conducive to the conduct of the free and fair election,a�? said the statement.

Rajesh Lakhoni, Chief Electoral Officer, had also submitted a report asking for an extension of the time period to conduct the elections.

The Election Commission cancelled the by -poll of RK Nagar on April 9, 2017, on voter bribing and corruption allegations. The election was scheduled to be held on April 12. The voter bribing came to light when IT officials conducted a raid at the residence of Vijayabhaskar and found documents that revealed Rs. 90 crore was distributed to the voters in the constituency.

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