Kolkata: The Election Commission Of India has announced the bypoll for 4 Constituency which includes Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Bhabinipur Constituency in Kolkata.
The bypoll will be held on September 30 and will be counted on October 3.
The seat was vacant after Trinamool Congress leader and minister Shovandev Chattopadhyay’s resignation.
The elections will also be held in West Bengal’s Jangipur and Samshergunj and Odisha’s Pipli constituencies on the same day.
Meetings were held by the commission with Chief Electrol Officers and Chief Secretaries and their opinions on the same have been taken.
In a statement, the poll panel said, “He (Chief Secretary of West Bengal) has also informed that because of administrative exigencies and public interest and to avoid a vacuum in the state, the bye-election for 159-Bhabanipur AC, Kolkata from where Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister intends to contest elections may be conducted.”
Covid-19 protocols will be maintained during the whole process. In outdoor campaigns not more than 50% and in Indoor campaigns not more than 30% capacity will be allowed, said the commission.
No motorcycle or cycle rallies will be allowed, and only vaccinated ones will be allowed for poll duty.
The silence period before the poll will be 72 hours.