Governor Joe Manchin refuses to appoint himself as Sen. Byrd’s successor

June 29th, 2010 - 7:49 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Charleston, Jun 29 (THAINDIAN NEWS) West Virginia cannot hold an election to elect a successor for the seat, which has been left vacant, after the passing away of Sen. Robert Byrd. This is because the state’s law prohibits holding any special election this year. The state law also does not allow any special elections, if the period between the election and the general election is less than two and a half years. The state can only hold the elections during the 2012 general elections.

Instead, the governor of the State - Joe Manchin is mandated to appoint a successor to fill that vacant seat. Manchin is allowed to appoint any eligible candidate including himself, to fill the seat until the 2012 general elections.

But Manchin has told reporters that he will not appoint himself for the vacant position. But the governor maintains that he has not decided on who would fill the seat of the longest serving Senator in Unites States’ history.

It ought to be recalled that Senator Robert Byrd died on Monday. He was 92 and he was the longest serving senator in the history of America, having served more than half a century as a senator.

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