The term of office of 11 members of the Rajya Sabha elected from following 02 States is due to expire on their retirement in November, 2020 as detailed below:-
|S.No||Name of State||Name of Member||Date of Retirement
||UTTAR PRADESH||Dr. Chandrapal Singh Yadav||
||Javed Ali Khan|
||Hardeep Singh Puri|
||Ravi Prakash Verma|
||UTTARAKHAND|| Raj Babbar
The Commission has decided to hold biennial elections to the Council of States from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand to fill up the above said vacancies in accordance with the following Schedule:-
|Sl.No.||Events||Dates & Days|
|1||Issue of Notifications||20th October, 2020 (Tuesday)|
|2||Last date of making nominations||27th October, 2020 (Tuesday)|
|3||Scrutiny of nominations||28th October, 2020 (Wednesday)|
|4||Last date for withdrawal of candidatures||02nd November, 2020 (Monday)|
|5||Date of Poll||09th November, 2020 (Monday)|
|6||Hours of Poll||09:00 am-04:00 pm|
|7||Counting of Votes||09th November, 2020 (Monday)
at 05:00 pm
|8||Date before which election shall be completed||11th November, 2020 (Wednesday)|
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.
The Commission has also directed the Chief Secretaries concerned to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the elections.
Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election processes for all persons:-
I. Every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity
II. At the entry of hall/ room/ premises used for election purposes:-
(a) Thermal Scanning of all persons shall be carried out
(b) Sanitizer shall be made available at all locations
III. Social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant COVID-19 guidelines of the State Govt. and Ministry of Home Affairs.
For broad guidelines to be followed strictly during the conduct of election during Covid-19, please refer to the guideline available on Commission’s website under link:- https://eci.gov.in/files/file/12167-broad-guidelines-for-conduct-of-general-electionbye-election-during-covid-19/
Further, the Commission has also appointed the Chief Electoral Officers concerned as Observer of the election in the respective States.