KOCHI: The Excessive Court docket on Wednesday directed the Election Fee (EC) to file a press release explaining the explanations for suspending the elections to the three Rajya Sabha seats from the state which is able to turn out to be vacant on April 21. When the petition filed by the Kerala Legislative Meeting secretary and two others difficult the EC’s resolution got here up for listening to, the ballot panel’s counsel Deepu Lal Mohan mentioned there is no such thing as a statutory mandate to conduct the biennial elections earlier than the expiry of the members’ time period. The counsel mentioned it’s solely inside the panel’s area to repair the date of election notification and schedule.
The EC mentioned it could announce and notify the elections earlier than the expiry of the members’ time period. The petition is merely primarily based on apprehension, therefore it’s untimely, the panel mentioned.When Justice P V Asha requested why the elections had been postponed, the counsel mentioned the election notification has not come out and the fee had solely launched a press be aware.The petitioners contended that the EC had not said the explanations or extraordinary circumstances for holding the method in abeyance.The courtroom adjourned the listening to within the case to April 9.