New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Election Commission of India on Monday announced that the elections to pending 18 Rajya Sabha seats will be held on June 19, adding that the counting of votes will take place on the same day. 

The elections were supposed to be held on in March but were deferred after the government imposed a nationwide lockdown to control the spread of the dreadful coronavirus in the country.

"Now, Commission has reviewed the matter in detail. Considering all factors, including the guidelines dated 30.05.2020 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 that the date of poll and counting of votes in respect of the biennial elections for 18 seats," the EC said in the press release.

The Election Commission also specified that the list of contesting candidates already published for the said election by the respective Returning Officers, is to remain valid for the purpose of remaining activities as was prescribed under the said notification (dated 06.03.2020).

Out of these 18 seats, four each are from Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat, two from Jharkhand, three each from Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and one each from Manipur and Meghalaya.

The Election Commission further said that Chief Secretaries will depute a senior officer to ensure that the extant instructions regarding the containment measures of the dreadful coronavirus are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the elections.

In another statement, the EC said that it has appointed Chief Electoral Officer concerned as Observer for the election in the respective State.

According to press release, the elections will be conducted on June 19 from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm and the counting of votes will begin on the same day at 5.00 pm. 

The Election Commission in February announced elections to fill 55 seats across 17 states, following which 37 candidates across ten states were elected unopposed.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma