Lok Sabha polls will be held on time: CEC

LUCKNOW, MAR 1 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 3/1/2019 11:50:47 AM IST

The general elections in the country will be held on time, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said on Friday, amid tensions between India-Pakistan.

The CEC is in the Uttar Pradesh capital for the past two days to review poll preparations in the state.

“The election in the country will be held on time,” Arora told reporters when asked about the poll schedule in the wake of tensions between the two countries. He said as per a new notification of the commission, candidates will have to give details of their properties abroad, besides those in the country. 

“The IT department will look into it and, if any, discrepancies are found then it will be uploaded on the Election Commission (EC) website and strict action will be initiated,” the CEC said.

When asked about the EC’s stand on inflammatory speeches, Arora said in his review meetings, he tried to find out the status of such cases lodged during previous elections.

The CEC also said that sensitive places should be identified well in advance, and communal amity at those places should be enhanced. Apart from this, CCTV cameras should be installed at sensitive polling centres. Security should also be stepped up at international and inter-state boundaries. He also said all the directives of the Election Commission must be implemented, warning that stringent action will be initiated against the officials showing laxity.



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