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Elections to 13 Rajya Sabha seats on March 31

The Rajya Sabha elections to 13 seats will be held on March 31, according to the Election Commission of India. The term of office of 13 members of the Rajya Sabha elected from six states is due to expire on their retirement in April, 2022.

Five seats are to be filled in this Punjab poll. Out of the five seats to be filled from Punjab, three are to be filled by holding one election and the other two through another election as these seats belong to two different biennial cycles.

“Further, the term of office of the members to be elected to the Council of States from the State of Punjab shall be subject to the decision of the Supreme Court,” the ECI said in a statement.

The members who are retiring from Rajya Sabha next month are Ranee Narah and Ripun Bora (Assam), Anand Sharma (Himachal), AK Antony and MV Shreyams Kumar and Somaprasad K (Kerala), KG Kenye (Nagaland), Jharna Das (Tripura), Sukhdev Singh, Pratap Singh Bajwa, Shwait Malik, Naresh Gujral and Shamsher Singh Dullo (Punjab).

Issue of Notifications: 14th March, 2022
Last date of making nominations: 21st March, 2022
Scrutiny of nominations: 22nd March, 2022
Last date for withdrawal of candidatures: 24th March, 2022
Date of Poll: 31st March, 2022
Hours of Poll: 09:00 am- 04:00 pm
Counting of Votes: 31st March, 2022 at 05:00 pm

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.

More details are awaited.

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