Kick-starting the process of holding Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and Manipur early next year, the “full” Election Commission led by Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi, will visit Lucknow on Monday next and Imphal from Thursday.
An EC spokesperson said in New Delhi that the EC team comprising the CEC and fellow Election Commissioners A K Joti and O P Rawat, will visit Lucknow on September 26 and 27.
“During their stay at Lucknow for two days, the Commission would review poll preparedness of Assembly elections in the state.
“They would meet state police and administration officers and district magistrates as also representatives of political parties before coming back to Delhi on September 27 evening,” the Commission said.
The term of the 403-member UP Assembly ends on May 27, 2017. Under the Representation of the People Act, EC is free to hold polls six months prior to the expiry of the term of the Assembly.
The Commission will be in Manipur on Tuesday.
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During their stay at Imphal for two days, the Commission would review poll preparedness and meet state police and administration officials.
They would also interact with representatives of political parties before coming back to Delhi on September 21 evening.
The term of the 60-member Manipur Assembly comes to an end on March 18.
The term of the Goa, Punjab and Uttarakhand Assemblies also come to an end in March next.