EC: Jharkhand RS poll will be held on May 3

The biennial election to the two Rajya Sabha seats from Jharkhand, which was countermanded over allegations of use of money-power and horse-trading, will now be held afresh on May 3, the Election Commission announced on Tuesday.


The three-member Commission decided the fresh dates in its meeting held on Tuesday and a notification for the same would be issued on April 16, starting the process for filing of nominations.


The earlier notification of March 12 for holding biennial election to fill the two vacancies from Jharkhand was rescinded by President Pratibha Patil on March 31 following a recommendation by the EC in the wake of allegations of use of money power in the March 30 poll.


As per the fresh schedule, the nominations can now be filed upto April 23 and scrutiny will be done the next day.


The EC has fixed April 26 as the last date for withdrawal of nominations and polling would be held on May 3 between 9 am to 4 pm and counting to be done the same day at 5 pm.

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