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EC rejects plea to advance poll timing due to Ramzan

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Sunday rejected a plea to reschedule the commencement of polls during the last three phases of the elections to

5 am instead of 7 am due to Ramzan.

Ramzan, the month of fasting in Islam, will begin from May 7 (Tuesday).

The had on Thursday directed the to take a call on a plea seeking to advance the voting timing to 5 am for the remaining phases of the election due to heat waves and Ramzan.

The petition was filed by advocates and Asad Hayat, who mentioned it for urgent hearing before a bench headed by The bench had asked the appearing for the poll body to take a decision on the issue.

In a letter to Pasha, the poll panel said, "The polling hours are long enough (11) hours against the statutory eight hours for the convenience of all sections of the society. The Commission does not find it feasible to alter the existing hours for poll for the 5th, 6th and 7th phase."


While the fifth phase is on Monday, the sixth phase is on May 12 and the last phase on May 19.

The EC had set up a committee of officers to hear out the petitioner and take a call.

A functionary said besides being tiring for poll staff, such a move was not practical.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, May 05 2019. 23:50 IST
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