“The EC has raised the polling time by an hour till 6 PM, but it should be extended till 7 PM in urban and rural areas to ensure maximum turnout,” BJP’s Madhya Pradesh Lok Sabha poll campaign in-charge and MP, Anil Dave said. “The move will ensure maximum turnout in the Lok Sabha polls as people will have enough time to exercise their right to franchise in the hot summers,” he said, adding that he will also write to EC on the issue.
An EC order issued by its director had said, “The EC after taking into account various factors such as hot weather conditions, early sunrise and sunset in some regions and to facilitate voters has decided that poll shall be taken in all
parliamentary constituencies in general from 7 AM to 6 PM.”For the North-East region, the hours of poll have fixed from 7 AM to 5 PM. However, in Manipur and Nagaland hours of poll have been fixed from 7 AM to 4 PM. Also, due to certain security parameters in some other parliamentary constituencies, the poll hours have been fixed from 7 AM to 4 PM.”
Under provision of Section 56 of the Representation of People Act, 1951, the EC is empowered to fix the hours of poll which shall not be less than eight hours.