Election Commission begins preparation for assembly poll

As the Election Commission will have hectic work next year as it has to hold elections in five States and the polls for the post of the President and the Vice-President, the spade work has already begun in the Nirvachan Sadan, the EC headquarters.

According to Source, Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi and Election Commissioners V.S. Sampath and Hari Shankar Brahma, would be in Lucknow on July 20 and would review the poll preparedness for elections to the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly, whose term ends on May 20, 2012. As per law, the EC could decide on holding poll on any day during the last six months of the Assembly’s term. “Normally we begin the poll preparation exercise one year before the actual expiry of the Assembly’s term,” he said.

Similarly the EC also plans to review preparedness for Assembly polls in Uttarakhand (Assembly term expires on March 12), Punjab (March 14), Manipur (March 15) and Goa (June 14, 2012). It plans to visit Dehradun on August 2 and 3. On August 5 and 6, the Commission will visit Imphal and Panaji on August 16 and 17.

The strength of Punjab Legislative Assembly is 117, Uttarakhand 70, Manipur 60 and Goa 40.

As Uttarakhand Assembly’s term will expire first next year, the Commission is planning to speed up the process.

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