Owing to the emergence of the second wave of COVID-19, the biennial elections to the Legislative Councils of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have been deferred. 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 31st May 2021 and 3rd June respectively.
The Election Commission today reviewed the matter and decided that due to outbreak of the second wave of COVID-19 in the country and said that 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.
A decision in the matter shall be taken after taking inputs from the concerned states and assessing the pandemic situation from mandated authorities like NDMA/SDMA.
Andhra Pradesh registered 21,452 fresh cases of coronavirus, from 90,750 tests, in 24 hours ending 9 am on Wednesday, while 19,095 recoveries and 89 deaths were also reported. The latest bulletin said the cumulative Covid-19 positives shot up to 13,44,386, recoveries to 11,38,028 and toll 8,988.
As per data, the state now has 1,97,370 active cases.
On the other hand, Telangana reported 4,723 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 5,11,711, while the toll rose to 2,834 with 31 more deaths, a government bulletin said. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 745, followed by Rangareddy (312) and Medchal Malkajgiri (305), the bulletin said.
The state has 59,133 active cases and over 69,000 samples were tested.