The Election Commission of India has said that if Lok Sabha elections are done before time, then it is able to make Lok Sabha elections together in December along with four state assemblies.
Chief Election Commissioner P. Rawat said that out of the 17.5 lakh required for this 1.5 lakh VVPat machines will meet the commission in late November. Examining their first level will be difficult and some minor problems can be left.
Rawat’s comment came on the question that if the Lok Sabha elections are in December, with the Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Rajasthan assembly elections, then the Election Commission is ready for it.
He told the news agency, “Why not. There will be no problem. ”
There are speculations in some circles that the proposed Lok Sabha elections in April or May 2019 can be moved with the elections in November or December 2018, along with Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Rajasthan assembly elections.
Significantly, the term of the Mizoram Legislative Assembly ends on December 15. The tenure of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan Legislative Assemblies is ending on 5 January 2019, 7th January and 20th January, 2019 respectively.
When asked if essential EVMs and Voting Machines (VVPATs) will be ready, if Lok Sabha elections are to be done in December with these four assembly elections, the CEC said that all necessary EVMs will be ready by the end of September. VVPat machines will come by the end of November.
He said that 16 lakh out of 17.5 lakh VVPat machines will be ready before November. The rest 1.5 million VVPat machines will be supplied by the end of November.
He said, “As you wanted to know that if the Lok Sabha elections are held in December then the first level of 1.5 lakh VVPat machines (which will meet the commission in late November) will be difficult … then there will be some minor problems Can go. “