Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, EC Defers Rajya Sabha Elections Scheduled To Be Held On 26 MarchThe Election Commission of India office in New Delhi (Representative Image) (Harikrishna Katragadda/Mint via Getty Images)

Amid the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic in the country, Election commission of India has decided to defer d the crucial Rajya Sabha scheduled to be held on 26 March, ANI has reported.

The decision comes as over 30 states and union territories have imposed lockdowns to curb the spread of Coronavirus pandemic. Over 490 people in India have been confirmed positive for coronavirus, which has resulted in death of as many as 9 people.

The ECI last month announced elections to 55 Rajya Sabha seats that will be vacated in April. Of these, 37 in 10 States had been filled uncontested. Polling for the remaining 18 seats was to take place on Thursday (26 March).

“The poll process in the above-said elections would necessarily include the gathering of polling officials, agents of political parties, support officials and members of respective Legislative Assemblies on the poll day, which may not be suitable in view of the prevailing unforeseen situation and related advisories in the country,” an ECI statement said, reports The Hindu.

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