The Election Commission of India has deferred the Rajya Sabha elections amid rising risk of rapidly spreading coronavirus pandemic. Elections to 18 seats of Rajya Sabha were scheduled to be held on 26 March 2020.
As the election process would necessarily include the assembling of polling officials, agents of political parties, support officials as well as members of respective Legislative Assemblies on the election day, which is not suitable in view of the prevailing unforeseen situation arising due to coronavirus outbreak. Keeping in view all the above situations, Election Commission of India took a decision to postpone the elections to 18 seats of the Rajya Sabha.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- Chief Election Commissioner: Sunil Arora.
- Chairman of Rajya Sabha: M. Venkaiah Naidu.