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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Rajya Sabha polls: EC to hold biennial elections anytime

While it is still not clear when the Election Commission will hold the biennial polls for vacant Rajya Sabha seats in several states, including TS and AP, though Assembly elections are due in Tamil Nadu, Assam and Kerala from where the RS vacancies need to be filled.

Past experience shows that the EC had held biennial polls for the RS seats ahead of Assembly polls as the elected MLAs are the voters for the Upper House of Parliament. While Tamil Nadu Assembly term ends May 22, RS members elected from the state are to retire on June 29.

Similarly, Assam Assembly term ends by June 5, but the RS members will retire by April 9, while Kerala Assembly term ends by May 31 and the RS members from this state will retire by April 2. Biennial elections are due in 16 states where the term of RS members will be completed between April 2 and August 1.

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