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With India shut down, EC defers Rajya Sabha poll further

Friday - April 3, 2020 10:31 pm , Category : INDIA
New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) The Election Commission has further defered the Rajya Sabha polls, originally slated for March 26, in view of Covid-19 pandemic, saying that fresh date to be announced later.
"The Commission has reviewed the current unforeseen situation of public health emergency and the feasibility of completing the poll process for the aforesaid election. The Commission, after taking all facts and circumstances in view, is of considered view that continuing electoral process in the current environment may not be feasible in view of the restrictions for the maintenance of public safety and avoiding health hazard, and therefore, aforesaid election can not be completed within its scheduled term...," it said.
Hence, the Commission has further extended the Rajya Sabha elections by invoking its powers under Article 324 of the Constitution, read with section 153 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.
"Fresh date of poll and counting for the said biennial elections shall be intimated in due course after reviewing the prevailing situation," said the poll body in a statement.
This decision was taken in view of the ongoing nationwide shutdown that was clamped by the centre in wake of the Covid-19 outbreak in the country.

--IANS abn/rak/vd