The Election Commission of India (ECI) Friday declared the schedule for biennial elections to fill up 36 seats in Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council from 35 local authority constituencies.
The said 36 seats had fallen vacant following expiry of term of the previous members on January 15.
As per the schedule, notification of the election will be issued on February 8 while February 15 will be the last date for filing nominations.
Scrutiny of nominations will be held on February 16 and February 18 will be the last date for withdrawal of candidature. Polling will be held on March 3 and counting of votes has been scheduled for March 6.
According to an ECI statement, the election to fill up these seats could not be conducted before the retirement of the members as the percentage of the local bodies/electors was less than 75 per cent, which is the requisite minimum for holding polls from local authorities’ constituency as per the norms specified by the commission.
The ECI declared the election programme after Chief Electoral Officer of UP informed it that percentage of local bodies/electors is more than 75 per cent.
Representatives of these 36 seats in the legislative council would be elected by members of zila panchayat, kshetra panchayat, village pradhans, mayors of municipal and corporators of municipal corporations, chairpersons of nagar panchayat and nagar palika parishads and their corporators, local MPs, MLAs and members of the Cantonment Boards.
The Council members’ election got delayed because Panchayat polls that were being in the state for electing members of zila panchayats, kshetra panchayats and pradhans.