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AP MLAs to elect 5 MLCs on March 27
Narendra Ch | 05 Mar 2015

The Election Commission has decided to hold Biennial Election to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council by the Members of Legislative Assembly to fill up the above mentioned 5 vacancies so arising.

The term of office of 4 members of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council, elected by the members of the Legislative Assembly is expiring on their retirement on March 29, 2015. They are R Padma Raju, Singam Basavapunnaiah, Gundumala Thippe Swamy and Nannapaneni Rajakumari. Another member, Paladugu Venkat Rao died recently.

The notification will be issued on March 10 and nominations will be received till March 17. Scrutiny of nominations will be conducted on March 18. Last date for withdrawl of nominations will be March 20. If necessary, poll will be conducted on March 27 from 9 am to 4 pm and counting of votes will be taken up on the same day at 5 pm.
However, no poll scheduled was announced for Telangana though 7 of its MLCs, elected by the Members of the Legislative Assembly, are also retiring on the same day. Similarly, 3 and 8 MLCs of both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana respectively elected by the members of the Local Authorities' Constituencies of the respective States are also retiring on Mar 29 and May 1, on the completion of their term.
 In addition to these, 8 seats in the AP Legislative Council and 1 seat in the Telangana Legislative Council, of members elected by the members of the Local Authorities' Constituencies of the respective States are lying vacant on the retirement of the members during 2013 as elections could not be held to fill up these seats in time because the Local Authorities were not in existence at the relevant time. 
 It was due to inconsistency in the number of seats fixed for these categoris of seats in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014, the Commission has referred this matter to the union home ministry to remove inconsistency. The response from the Central Government is still awaited.