Elections to 24 Rajya Sabha seats on June 19: EC | India News


NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Monday announced June 19 biennial elections to 24 Rajya Sabha seats, including 18 where polling was deferred earlier due to the lockdown and six seats falling vacant in June and July.
The decision to go ahead with elections to four Rajya Sabha seats each from Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Karnataka; 3 from Rajasthan; 3 from Madhya Pradesh; 2 from Jharkhand and one seat each from Manipur, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram was taken at a full Commission meeting – attended by chief election commissioner Sunil Arora and election commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra – keeping in mind all factors including the Unlock 1.0 guidelines issued by home ministry on May 30 and also inputs obtained from chief electoral officers of the states concerned.
Earlier, EC had also held polls to 9 legislative council seats in Maharashtra.
The poll panel has asked the chief secretaries concerned to 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. This would involve observing of social distancing during the voting process.
EC has also appointed the chief electoral officer concerned as observer for the election in the respective states.
The Commission on Monday directed that marking of preference on the ballot paper be done only with a violet colour sketch pen to be provided by the returning officer.
The Rajya Sabha MPs retiring in June and July include Mukut Mithi from Arunachal Pradesh (June 23); D Kupendra Reddy, Prabhakar Kore, Rajeev Gowda M V and B K Hari Prasad from Karnataka (June 25); and Ronald Sapa Tlau from Mizoram (July 18).



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