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Election Commission: Can hold assembly, Lok Sabha elections simultaneously by September 2018

The BJP has been pushing for simultaneous elections to assemblies and Lok Sabha but not all political parties are on board.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Updated: October 5, 2017 10:26 am
election commission, elections, lok sabha elections, assembly elections, parliament and assembly elections, simultaneous elections, india news, indian express The Election Commission told the government that funds would be needed for requisite number of EVMs and VVPATs and had got Rs 3,400 crore and Rs 12,000 crore respectively. (Express Photo/File)

The Election Commission of India Wednesday said it will be logistically capable of holding simultaneous polls to state assemblies and Lok Sabha by September 2018. The BJP has been pushing for simultaneous polls to assemblies and Lok Sabha but not all political parties are on board.

Election Commissioner O P Rawat, who was in Bhopal for the launch of the ERONet software to check inaccuracy and duplicity, told reporters that the government had sought a response from the Election Commission on the holding of simultaneous state and national polls.

The poll body, he said, told the government that funds would be needed for requisite number of EVMs and VVPATs and had got Rs 3,400 crore and Rs 12,000 crore respectively.

Rawat said orders had been placed with two government undertakings and the delivery of machines had already begun. He said all machines would be delivered by September 2018 after which the Election Commission would be in a position to hold simultaneous polls.

Around 40 lakh EVMs and VVPATs would be needed for simultaneous poll. “We will be logistically ready to hold simultaneous polls by September 2018 but it is up to the government to take a decision and make necessary legal amendments for it,’’ Rawat said.

In 2018, elections to assemblies in seven states will be due — Gujarat (terms ends January 22); Himachal Pradesh (January 7); Karnataka (May 28); Meghalaya (March 6); Mizoram (December 15); Nagaland (March 13); and, Tripura (March 14). Barring Mizoram, elections in the remaining six will be over by September.

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  1. S
    Senior Citizen
    Oct 6, 2017 at 12:29 am
    The Election Commission should prevent Ministers taking part in election campaigns. The Ministers are paid from the Govt treasury not from their political party funds. The treasury belongs to all party members public. The Ministers are like Civil servants eligible for more retirement benefits from the treasury. If they want to do election campaigns they should resign from office like any other Govt employee. Besides they should not use official vehicles, police for their security, or other officials while they ate on Election Campaigns ! Let us have discipline, let us have law order. Let us keep democracy freedom !
    1. M
      Mj Basha
      Oct 5, 2017 at 3:56 pm
      Any electtion should be completed on a single day not in 6/7 stages dragging it to 30/45 days.By doing so we are giving crooks to manipulate.
      1. A
        Oct 5, 2017 at 2:07 pm
        Government of India should not conduct election before 5 years tenure, BJP should not repeat the stupidity of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. In 2018 BJP will get majority in both houses, this is the time to make important laws for the country. BJP can take help from economists, socialists and thinkers from both Congress aligned and BJP aligned to plan for this opportunity window. Congress aligned thinkers should also sit with Government if they love this country and take full opportunity of this situation to do some remarkable changes in our society. BJP should try to dig and find out policies from yesteryears which could have been implemented for the good of country but due to lack of majority could not. In a true free market society and a capitalist in nature there is never gloom, it is always the question of opportunity lost in time. It is not a question of good or bad, we always make smart decision in time to further accelerate our growth. But we need to remain inclusive in nature.
        1. A
          Oct 5, 2017 at 2:11 pm
          The job of the Government is governance, the job of the critique of Government is to question the range that is thought in the Governance. How decisions affect the masses where every one has to be covered properly. Nobody should feel pushed out by any Governance decisions, it is fair to all, if not it has to be thought again. Nobody questions the PM on his corruption credentials, no one, however policy decisions are subject to question, it is not just done in India it is done in the Whole World and it has been happening for last 70 years. Be prepared for it, this country has to prevent whatever it can before it starts looking at the cure. With a country of such large population and such diverse socio cultural and economic background, prevention is the best way of being fair to all. All the criticism is towards prevention and being careful, because overconfidence and people's faith in you can turn you BLIND. You stop listening to the heartbeats, you only end up hearing yourself. Careful
        2. R
          Oct 5, 2017 at 11:53 am
          BJP has a vision of governance. And to reach at that commitment to deliver to the people of this Nation, they are continuously exploring and applying every possible way to take India forward to a developed Nation where every citizen actually gets a fair and effective opportunity to raise the quality of her or his life. Devising a plan to conduct elections commonly for the states and the centre is in itself a multi-directional challenge. Yet, knowing the iron-will of RSS-BJP-Combine-Led-NDA, I am certain as a citizen that this too will be achieved in phases soon ...till the entire Nation goes for elections just once in five years.... ...the rest of the time is spent ONLY ON GOVERNANCE.... ...and no politics that we were burdened with for 60long years of a destructive colonial proxy in congress which was least interested in decolonising the Nation of all those wilfully-perpetrated corrupt systems and wilfully perpetrated crooked at udes of power-centres right from the "peon to the
          1. S
            Oct 5, 2017 at 11:40 am
            Elected State governments are pulled down by Centre,Central Governments loose their majority. Election commission is ready to hold election is such a massive scale but cannot hold elections even to Parliament in a single day, above that results are declared after a month from the first date of election. Is it not a shame for a developed nation?Is it not a shame for IT advanced nation to make people wait for a month for election results?Millions are spend for security of these machines, still citizens have apprehensions.
            1. R
              Oct 5, 2017 at 12:03 pm
              this is what NDA is seeking to change....its' a tough challenge though for all the resistance from all those 'murky'quarters who stand to benefit from the business of election.....BJP is the only party which is committed to focussing all the energies, attention and time of the Government and its stakeholders on Governance alone....and not allow itself to defocus and interrupt the Nation's administrative machinery into electoral-politics every now and then, wasting crucial national resources in the process apart from creating a lackadaisical approach to economic progress and development of the Nation.
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