The Election Commission of India on Tuesday said that the biennial elections for the Karnataka Legislative Assembly by members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) will be held on June 3.
This election is necessary as the term of membership of 7 members will expire on 14 June.
The election notification will be issued on May 17, the deadline for nominations is May 24, and nominations will be examined the next day.
The deadline for withdrawing nominations is May 27.
While the polling will take place between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on June 3, the votes will be counted at 5 p.m. on the same day.
The seats will become vacant, due to the retirement of MLCs – Laxman Sanjapa Savadi and Lahar Singh Siroya of the BJP, Ramappa Timapur, Alum Virabhadrapa and Veena Ashyah S of Congress, Sam Ramisha Goda and Narayana Swami KV of JD (South).
In a statement, the commission said Principal Secretary, Karnataka has been directed to dispatch a senior officer from the state to ensure compliance with existing instructions on COVID-19 containment measures while making arrangements for the elections.
The ruling BJP currently has 37 members in the upper house, with only one member less than a simple majority. The halfway mark in the 75-member legislature is 38.
While the strength of Congress is 26, JD(Q) has 10 members. There is also one independent member other than the Chairman.