Election to 11 LC seats on cards

Election to 11 LC seats on cards

The MLAs who comprise the electoral college for the polls will be eligible to cast their vote—like the RajyaSabha polls—though they are yet to be administered the oath.

Stage is set for election to 11 seats of the Legislative Council in Jammu and Kashmir as the State’s Chief Electoral Officer has written to the Election Commission of India on filling up the vacancies, sources said.

The Election Commission of India, they said, is likely announce the schedule for the polls next week.

Chief Electoral Officer Umang Narula admitted he has written to the poll-body about the vacancy position in the Upper House of Jammu and Kashmir Legislature. He said these vacancies would be filled before completion of the term of the incumbent MLCs.

The MLAs who comprise the electoral college for the polls will be eligible to cast their vote—like the RajyaSabha polls—though they are yet to be administered the oath, officials said.

“Since election to LC polls is a non-legislative business, the legislators can cast their votes in these polls in the wake of a Supreme Court judgment,” they said.

A total of 19 seats will fall vacant in the House by March 2015. Of these, 11 are to be elected by MLAs while remaining eight will be filled though nomination.

Among elected members whose seats have fallen vacant (or are falling vacant by March) are AjatShatru Singh (Jammu province), NarbooGialchen (Kashmir province), B R Kundal (Jammu province), Syed Asgar Ali (Jammu province), Aga Syed Ahmad Rizvi (Kashmir province), Vijay Bakaya (Jammu province), Syed Muhammad Rafiq Shah (Kashmir province), Khalid NajibSuharwardy (Jammu province), Muhammad Ashraf Mir (Kashmir province), Abdul MajeedBhat (Kashmir province) and Devinder Singh Rana (Jammu province).

While AjatShatru Singh resigned from membership of the Council on November 13, 2014 after joining the BJP, Narboo, Kundal, Asgar  and Rizvi will complete their term on March 9.

Bakaya, Shah and Suharwardy will complete their term on March 16.

Rafiq Shah, who belonged to Panthers Party, switched to PDP in the midst of assembly election last year.

On the other hand seats of Ashraf (MLA Sonawar), Rana (MLA Nagrota), and Bhat (MLA Homeshalibugh) have become vacant following their election to the Lower House on December 23. Ideally, the term of Ashraf would have ended on April 19, 2017 while Rana and Bhat would have retired on March 16, 2019.

The nominating members whose seats have fallen vacant (or are falling vacant in March)  areAmrit Malhotra, Ajay Kumar Sadhotra, Bashir Ahmad Magrey , GhulamQadirPardesi, Sheikh GhulamRasool , Ravinder Kumar Sharma and SubashChander Sharma.

Javed Ahmed Rana’s seat in LC fell vacant after he won the recent  assembly elections from Mendhar Assembly segment.