New Delhi: In view of the surging COVID-19 cases in the state, the Election Commission of India on 13 May postponed the MLC elections in Telangana (six seats) and Andhra Pradesh (three seats).

"The Commission has reviewed the matter and decided that due to the outbreak of the second wave of COVID-19 in the country, it would not be appropriate to hold biennial election to the Legislative Councils of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, respectively, till the pandemic situation significantly improves and conditions become conducive to hold these biennial elections," said the Election Commission.

The term of office of three members of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council and six members of Telangana Legislative Council elected by the members of respective Legislative Assemblies (MLAs) are expiring on 31 May and 3 June, respectively.

As per the provisions of Section 16 of the Representation of the People Act 1951, the seats of state Legislative Council which fall vacant on the expiration of the term of the members, are required to be filled by holding biennial elections before the said expiration of the term.

The Commission said it will take a decision in the matter at an appropriate time in the future after taking inputs from the concerned states and assessing the pandemic situation from mandated authorities like NDMA/SDMA.

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