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With visit to Punjab on Wednesday, EC to begin prep for assembly polls

It is customary for the Commission to visit poll-bound states ahead of announcing their dates.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: December 14, 2021 5:43:50 pm
The process for making electoral rolls is laid down in the Registration of Electors Rules, 1960. The primary unit of electoral rolls is the assembly election constituency. (File)

The Election Commission (EC) will be visiting the poll-bound Punjab on Wednesday to review preparedness in the state. According to EC officials, the scheduled visit to other poll-bound states is yet to be finalised.

“The Commission will be going to Chandigarh on December 15 for poll preparedness and review meeting,” an EC official said.

It is customary for the Commission to visit poll-bound states ahead of announcing their dates.

The Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra, and Election Commissioner Anup Chandra Pandey and Rajiv Kumar are expected to visit five-poll bound states of Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Manipur.

The current term of the legislative assemblies of Goa, Manipur, Punjab and Uttarakhand are coming to an end in March 2022, while of Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly is scheduled to end in May.

The EC is mandated under the law to hold elections at any time within six months before the five-year term of the Lok Sabha or Legislative Assembly expires.

The polls are usually timed in a way that the new Assembly or Lok Sabha is in place on the day of the dissolution of the outgoing House.

The Commission also held a conference with the Chief Electoral Officers of all states in November. Chandra asked Chief Electoral Officers (CEO) of all states to ensure “purity” of the electoral rolls, better facilities at all polling booths and hold regular interactions with parties to redress their grievances.

Chandra had also stressed on the significance of effectiveness and visibility of CEOs as they represent the EC in the states. The Commission also held a separate review meeting in November with all the poll-bound states to discuss various matters related to election management ahead of the Assembly elections.

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