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Rajya Sabha Polls Deferred Amid Covid-19 Outbreak, ECI Says Fresh Dates Will Be Announced

New Delhi: Within the wake of the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Election Fee of India (ECI) has introduced to defer the Rajya Sabha polls scheduled to be held on March 26. The Fee mentioned that contemporary dates will probably be introduced later.

On Februaary 25, 2020, ECI had introduced elections to the Council of States to fill 55 seats of Members from 17 States, retiring within the month of April 2020.

After the final date of withdrawal on March 18, 2020, respective Returning Officers declared 37 seats from 10 States stuffed in uncontested.

As per the experiences obtained from the involved Returning Officers, the biennial elections for 18 seats from the States of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya and Rajasthan had been to be held on March 26 (Thursday) and the date earlier than which election was to be accomplished as earlier introduced by the Fee was March 30, 2020 (Monday).

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Nevertheless, ECI issued a press launch at the moment, mentioning that the prevailing unexpected state of affairs of public well being emergency signifies the necessity to keep away from prospects of gatherings of any nature, which expose all involved to potential well being hazard. The ballot course of within the elections to the Higher Home would essentially embrace the gathering of polling officers, brokers of political events, assist officers and members of respective Legislative Assemblies on the ballot day, which might not be appropriate in view of the prevailing state of affairs and associated advisories within the nation.

Part 153 of the Illustration of the Folks Act, 1951 specifies that the Election Fee for causes which it considers enough, might prolong the time for the completion of any election by making essential amendments within the notification issued by it below part 30 or sub-section (1) of part 39; and accordingly, the Election Fee has deferred the ballot and prolonged the interval of Rajya Sabha election below the provisions of part 153 of the mentioned Act. The checklist of contesting candidates, already printed for the polls by the respective Returning Officers shall stay legitimate for the needs of remaining actions, as prescribed below the mentioned notification.

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Contemporary date of ballot and counting for the mentioned biennial elections shall be introduced in the end after reviewing the prevailing state of affairs, the Fee mentioned.

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