Rajya Sabha polls put off

The EC has already deferred several elections, including that to the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency.

The Election Commission (EC) on Monday cancelled its notification to hold elections for 10 Rajya Sabha seats slated for 8 June in view of the upcoming presidential elections in July and its EVM challenge to political parties to prove that they can tamper electronic voting machines. The poll was earlier scheduled to take place on 8 June.

In a surprising move, the Election Commission on Monday put on hold indefinitely its decision to hold biennial elections to 10 seats of Rajya Sabha.

The poll panel in a statement said fresh dates for elections will be announced later.

The Secretaries of Legislative Assemblies, who are the Returning Officers for Rajya Sabha elections, are also appointed as Assistant Returning Officers for the Presidential elections.

A lot of curiosity was generated because of the May 16 announcement since it involved four top personalities - Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel and Textile Minister Smriti Irani from Gujarat and CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechuri and Trinamul Congress leader Derek O'Brien.

The term of President Pranab Mukherjee ends on 24 July.

While the term of Shantaram Naik (Cong, Goa) is coming to an end on July 28.

India's independent Election Commission has chose to indefinitely put on hold elections for the country's Upper House of Parliament slated for next month in view of the presidential poll and a hackathon of electronic voting machines (EVMs). The event is being organised June 3 onward and "this will divert the attention of some parties, who make like to participate in the challenge".

  • Zachary Reyes