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EC Defers Rajya Sabha Polls Scheduled for March 26 Over Coronavirus Outbreak

NYOOOZ 2020-03-24 05:30:00

New Delhi: The Election Commission has deferred the Rajya Sabha polls scheduled for March 26 in view of the coronavirus outbreak, official sources said on Tuesday.
Top officials in the ECI told CNN-News18 that a review of the situation will be done on March 31 before new dates are communicated for the election.
The EC has relied on the special powers granted under the Representation of People's Act to take the unprecedented decision to postpone Rajya Sabha polls.
The decision on holding the election for the remaining 18 seats will be taken based on the prevailing situation, the sources said.
Nearly 500 coronavirus cases have been reported in India so far, according to Health Ministry data on Tuesday.