- The Election Commission will announce the poll dates in January mid
- Chief Electoral Officer Frederick Kharkongor gave the information
- The EC was satisfied with the poll-preparedness, says CEO
The Election Commission is all set to announce the dates of election for the Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya. The Chief Electoral Officer(CEO) of the state has announced that the dates will be declared in first or second half of January.
EC satisfied will poll-preparedness
The Election Commission of India has recently sent a team of officials to Meghalaya. This team was led by the Chief Election Commissioner(CEC) AK Jyoti.
During the visit, the CEC has conducted various meetings with the officials having the liability of election. Along with this, he also met the political parties of the state and the police in order to review the poll-preparedness.
After these meeting, the Election Commission has shown its satisfaction on the preparations of the upcoming polls for the 60 Assembly seats.
This visit was expected to result in the announcement of the dates of Election and as per the announcement of the Chief Electoral Officer(CEO) Frederick Kharkongor, the commission will announce the dates in the first or second half of January.
The CEO said that before the announcement of the dates EC will analyze all aspects, including religious festivals and board examinations, before deciding on the date.
Earlier, political parties had urged the Commission to avoid the clash of festivals and examinations with the poll date.
According to Kharkongor, usually, the Election Commission gives a maximum of 45 days and a minimum of 21 days for the polls.
“We expect the announcement to come in the first or later part of January second week,” Kharkongor added.
In 2013, the Election Commission had announced the two-phase polls for three northeastern states- Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura on January 11.
The poll date for Meghalaya and Nagaland was February 23 while it was February 14 for Tripura. Counting for all the three states was held on February 28.
Kharkongor said another round of meeting with the political parties will be held sometime in January to clear the doubts about EVMs and VVPAT.
As many as 4,400 VVPAT machines have arrived in the state and Meghalaya already has 4,800 EVMs.