Section 151A of the Representation of the People Act 1951 mandates ECI to fill casual vacancies

What is Important?
UPSC perspective:
Prelims:About Section 151A
Mains:Issues associated, frequent elections and problems posed by it.
Non-UPSC perspective:What is Section 151A
Why in News?
Election Commission on the one hand announced the bye elections to fill the three casual vacancies in Lok Sabha from Karnataka while the bye elections to fill five vacancies in Lok Sabha from Andhra Pradesh have not been announced.
Election Commission

What’s the issue ?
The term of sixteenth Lok Sabha is upto 3rd June, 2019. As the vacancies from Karnataka have occurred more than one year before the expiration of the term of House, bye elections are required to be held under Section 151A of R. P. Act 1951 to fill these vacancies within six months from the date of occurrence of vacancies that is 18th& 21st May, 2018. In the case of vacancies from Andhra Pradesh, there is no need to hold bye elections as the remaining term of the Lok Sabha is less than one year from the date of occurrence of vacancies that is 20th June, 2018.
What is Section 151A of RPA?
It mandates the Election Commission to fill the casual vacancies in the Houses of Parliament and State Legislatures through bye elections within six months from the date of occurrence of the vacancy, provided that the remainder of the term of a member in relation to a vacancy is one year or more

Section 151A of the Representation of the People Act 1951 mandates ECI to fill casual vacancies Section 151A of the Representation of the People Act 1951 mandates ECI to fill casual vacancies Reviewed by The Hindu Current Affairs on October 11, 2018 Rating: 5

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