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Biennial Elections to the Council of States to fill the seats of members retiring on 25.11.2020-reg.

Biennial Election Division

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No. ECI/PN/78/2020
Dated 13th October, 2020


Sub: Biennial Elections to the Council of States to fill the seats of members retiring on 25.11.2020-reg.

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:-        


Name of State

Name of Member

Date of Retirement




Dr. Chandrapal Singh Yadav











Javed Ali Khan


Arun Singh


Neeraj Shekhar


P.L. Punia


Hardeep Singh Puri


Ravi Prakash Verma




Ramgopal Yadav     


Veer Singh



  Raj Babbar 




Dates & Days


Issue of Notifications

20th October, 2020  (Tuesday)


Last date of making nominations

27th October, 2020 (Tuesday)


Scrutiny of nominations

28th October, 2020 (Wednesday)


Last date for withdrawal of candidatures

02nd November, 2020 (Monday)


Date of Poll

09th November, 2020 (Monday)


Hours of Poll

09:00 am-04:00 pm


Counting of Votes

09th November, 2020 (Monday)

at 05:00 pm


Date before which election shall be completed

11th November, 2020 (Wednesday)


2. 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:- 

3. 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.

4.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.

5. Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election processes for all persons:-

  • Every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity
  • At the entry of hall/ room/ premises used for election purposes:-
    •  Thermal Scanning of all persons shall be carried out
    •   Sanitizer shall be made available at all locations
  • Social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant COVID-19 guidelines of the State Govt. and Ministry of Home Affairs.

6.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:-

7.            Further, the Commission has also appointed the Chief Electoral Officers concerned as Observer of the election in the respective States.

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