Biennial Elections to happen for 56 Rajya Sabha seats across 15 states

Biennial Elections to happen for 56 Rajya Sabha seats across 15 states

Biennial Elections to happen for 56 Rajya Sabha seats across 15 states

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The Election Commission of India (ECI) declared that biennial elections will be held on February 27 for 56 Rajya Sabha seats from 15 states.

50 Rajya Sabha members from 13 states will finish their terms of office on April 2, and the remaining six members from two states will retire on April 3.

As per further information from a press note of the Election Commission of India,

The term of office of 56 members of the Council of States elected from the following 15 states is due to expire on their retirement in April 2024, as detailed below:

Name of StateNo. of members retiringDate of retirement
Andhra Pradesh3      2.4.2024
Bihar6
Chhattisgarh1
Gujarat4
Haryana1
Himachal Pradesh1
Karnataka4
Madhya Pradesh5
Maharashtra6
Telangana3
Uttar Pradesh10
Uttarakhand1
West Bengal5
Odisha33.4.2024
Rajasthan3

Now, the Commission has decided to conduct biennial elections to the Council of States from above mentioned States in accordance with the following programme:

Sr NoEventsDates
1Issue of Notifications8th February, 2024 (Thursday)
2Last date for making nominations15th February, 2024 (Thursday)
3Scrutiny of nominations16th February, 2024 (Friday)
4Last date for withdrawal of candidatures20th February, 2024 (Tuesday)
5Date of Poll27th February, 2024 (Tuesday)
6Hours of Poll9:00 am – 4:00 pm
7Counting of Votes27th February, 2024 (Tuesday) at 5:00 pm
8Date before which election shall be completed29th February, 2024 (Thursday)

The Commission has directed that for the purpose of marking preference(s) on the ballot paper, only integrated violet colour sketch pen(s) of pre-fixed specification, provided by the Returning Officer, shall be used. No other pen shall, under any circumstances, be used in the above-said elections.

Adequate measures for close monitoring of the election process by appointing observers shall be taken to ensure a free and fair election.

Shreyas Vange

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