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List out practical difficulties in holding simultaneous polls: Law panel to EC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today asked the to list out "practical difficulties" in holding simultaneous elections to the and state assemblies and also sought its views on the proposed legal framework to carry out the exercise.

At a meeting held at Nirvachan Sadan this morning, top brass discussed various logistical and practical aspects with the and fellow commissioners in holding the two polls together, sources privy to the deliberations told

"The was asked to list out practical difficulties in holding the two set of polls together... These include finance, security and polling personnel, EVMs and paper trail machines," a source said.

On logistical issues, including the number of polling stations needed in 2019,the poll watchdog said it would provide the details to the in the coming days.

On the issue of legal framework, including amending the Constitution and the Representation of the People Act, the said the is better equipped to understand the requirement.

"Still, the said it would give its views on the issue," the source said.

The EC would also give views on the model code of conduct which begins on the day polls are announced and continues a couple of days after the verdict is declared.

In 2015, the poll panel was asked by the government about the feasibility of simultaneous polls and the commission made it clear that it would require amendment to the Constitution and election laws and would require certain number of EVMs, poling personnel, Rs 9000 core besides other logistics.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 20:30 IST
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