Gujarat elections will be held in December, satisfied with poll preparations: CEC Joti

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CEC A K Joti, flanked by Election Commissioners Sunil Arora (R) and O P Rawat, in Ahmedabad on October 10. (Photo PTI)

Ahmedabad: After reviewing the poll preparedness in Gujarat in the last two days, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) A K Joti on October 10 said that the Assembly elections will be held in December. ā€œThe tenure of the Gujarat Assembly ends in January 22, 2018 ā€¦ There is no doubt that the elections will be held in December,ā€ Joti told media persons on the concluding day of his visit to the state.
He, however, did not specify the exact dates of the polls. When asked if the elections will be held in a single phase or a double phase, Joti said, ā€œThat is under examination. We had come for a review meeting and we will definitely decideā€¦ We have to take into consideration all the election inputs and then decide the election schedule.ā€
The CEC said all the political parties have given different dates for conducting the elections, including the BJP which suggested that the elections be held between December 14 to January 14, a period when no Hindu weddings are held.
On poll-preparedness of the election machinery in the state, Joti expressed satisfaction. He said the EC will try and improve upon the preparedness based on the various suggestions given by the political parties.
The CEC also said that 4.33 crore voters are expected to exercise their franchise, of which 2.25 crore are males and 2.07 crore females. The polling will be conducted in 50,128 polling stations and at 28,639 polling locations.

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