By-elections in 3 Lok Sabha Seats, 30 Assembly Seats on 30 October: EC

The counting of the votes is scheduled for 2 November.

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The Election Commission of India on Tuesday, 28 September, announced by-elections in three Lok Sabha seats and 30 Assembly constituencies to be held on Thursday, 30 October.

Counting of the votes is scheduled for 2 November and the last date of filling nominations is 8 October.

In a statement, the polling agency said that it will hold bypolls in three parliamentary constituencies of Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Khandwa and Mandi from the UT of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh, respectively.

The ECI notification also included elections to fill vacancies in Assembly constituencies of 13 states including Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam, Haryana, Bihar, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Maharashtra, Nagaland, and Andhra Pradesh.


In West Bengal, Dinhata, Santipur, Khardaha, and Gosaba will go to bypolls.

Earlier, the by-elections were deferred in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the October polls will be held with ECI's COVID guidelines – including limited campaigning, use of sanitisers, and masks – in place.

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