“All political parties want UP Elections to be held on time”: Election Commission
The Chief Election Commissioner Of India, Sushil Chandra, on Thursday, cleared all the speculations on whether polls will be held amid a spike in new infections or not. Chandra said that all the political parties want the UP Elections should be held on time with all the necessary Covid protocols in place.
Sushil Chandra, the Chief Election Commissioner of India, addressing a presser on Thursday afternoon cleared all the air regarding holding the Assembly Elections. Chandra, after a three-day review visit to the poll-bound state of Uttar Pradesh, said that there will be no delay in the polls and that it will be held at the appropriate time. The Chief Election Commissioner also told the media that all the political parties which include the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the possible challenger Samajwadi Party (SP), the Congress, and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have said that the UP Elections must be held on time.
The CEC also stated that “In view of the increase in the number of voters and also the prevailing pandemic condition, we have decided to set up 11,000 more polling booths to ensure that there is no crowding. With this, there will also be an increase in the number of polling personnel. We are also increasing the polling time by one personnel by one hour across the state to prevent crowding at polling stations.” He further added that frontline poll workers will be fully vaccinated and the directions have been issued to ensure that everyone in the state has received at least one dose of vaccine.
Emphasizing on the low turnout in the past Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections, Chandra said “We have thoroughly reviewed that and officials are trying to create more awareness.” The CEC in the press conference also stated that “To boost the participation of women voters in the elections, 800 polling booths for women will be set up and further we will try to conduct an inclusive election in which no voter will be left behind.” Taking concrete steps for senior citizens, Covid-affected people, and disabled people, the CEC said that the Election Commission (ECI) will reach their doorstep.
The Election Commission is likely to announce the schedule of the upcoming legislative assembly election in the first week of January 2022. Besides Uttar Pradesh, Assembly elections are due in Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand, and Gujarat in the first half of next year.
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