Bye-election for Himachal’s Mandi parliamentary seat to be held on June 23

New Delhi/May 21
India Election Commission on Tuesday decided to conduct bye-election for Mandi Lok Sabha seat in Himachal on June 23.
Indian Election Commission’s secretary, Sumit Mukherjee said that election for Mandi Parliamentary Constituency of Himachal Pradesh will be held on June 23.
“After taking into consideration various factors like, festivals, electoral rolls,
weather conditions, the Election Commission has decided to hold bye-election to fill this vacancy,” Mukherjee said.
Mukherjee said that notification for election will be issued on May 29 while last date of filing nominations is June 5. While scrutiny of nominations will start on June 6 and candidates can withdraw their nominations till June 8.
“Election for the parliamentary seat will be conducted on June 23 while counting of will take place on June 27,” he said.
The Commission has decided to use EVMs in the bye-election in all the polling stations. Adequate numbers of EVMs have been made available and all steps have been taken to ensure that the polls are conducted smoothly with the help of these machines.
The Model Code of Conduct shall come into force with immediate effect in the districts in which the whole or any part of the Parliamentary Constituency going for bye-election is included, subject to partial modification.
It is the largest parliamentary constituency area wise in India and Himachal’s Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was MP from this assembly segment before assembly election. This seat had fallen vacant after Singh contested state assembly elections and was sworn in as CM for record sixth time.
Mandi Parliamentary Constituency has 11,24,770 voters out which 5,66,946 are male and 5,46,140 are female voters, while 11684 are service voters. “A total of 1921 polling stations will be set up for smooth polling in this bye-election and a complaint cell has been set up in State Election Department with telephone number 0177-2622721 along with toll free number 1950,” Himachal Chief Electoral officer,
Narender Chauhan said.