New Delhi, Jun 1 : The Election Commission, on Monday, decided to held polls for 18 Rajya Sabha seats on June 19, which were to be held in March and was deferred due to COVID-19 and subsequent lockdown.
“Considering all factors, including the guidelines dated May 30, 2020 issued by Union Home Secretary and Chairman, National Executive Committee (NEC) under the National Disaster Management Act, 2005, and taking into account the inputs obtained from the Chief Electoral Officers concerned, the Commission has decided the date of poll and counting of votes in respect of the biennial elections for 18 seats”, the poll body said in a statement.
The seats include four seats from Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat, three seats from Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, two seats from Jharkhand one each from Manipur and Meghalaya. According to the Commission, the polls will be held on June 19 and the counting of votes will take place on the same day.
The Commission has also decided that the Chief Secretaries shall depute a senior officer from the state to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the elections. The poll body has also appointed the Chief Electoral Officer concerned as Observer for the election in the respective State. (UNI)