Maha Assembly poll: No change in dates, says Chawla

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 22:23

Mumbai: There would be no change in schedule
for the Maharashtra Assembly polls, Chief Election
Commissioner Navin Chawla said here on Wednesday.

"There is not going to be any change in dates," Chawla
told reporters at the state government`s `Sahyadri` guest
house in south Mumbai.

Chawla, who met representatives of political parties and
reviewed poll preparations with senior officials, said no
demand for change of the date of counting, scheduled on
October 22, was made by the parties.

On the election work assigned to DG (ACB) A N Roy and not
to state police chief S S Virk, Chawla said "it is our
well-known policy that the responsibility is given not to DGP
but to the next senior-most official". He also pointed out
that Virk has been granted an extension by the government.

Shiv Sena leaders present at the meeting objected to the
appointment of Roy to oversee poll work, alleging that his
track record was not good.

As per the schedule, results of the October 13 elections
will not be known until October 22, the day when votes will be
counted, a full five days after Diwali.

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First Published: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 22:23

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