EC cites constraints in holding simultaneous polls

By India News Stream staff

August 14, 2018

New Delhi: The Election Commission today cited various constraints inholding simultaneous polls in state assemblies and the Lok Sabha.

Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat said here that Logistics arrangements with respect to 100% availability of VVPATs will be a constraint.

Moreover, he said “If term of some State Assembly needs to be curtailed or extended, then a Constitutional amendment will be required. Other requirements of additional police force, polling personnel would also be needed”.

He said the Commission would continue to deliver its responsibility of conducting elections whenever term of the State Assembly comes to an end.

Mr Rawat’s remarks come from amidst the push by the BJP for simultaneous parliament and assembly elections over which the party President, Amit Shah, wrote a letter to the Law Commission on Monday.

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