Lack of Central forces has stretched Bihar polls

Lack of adequate Central forces and "sheer compulsions" in the interest of free and fair elections forced the Election Commission to opt for a six-phased assembly polls in Bihar, CEC S Y Quraishi said today.

Updated: Sep 08, 2010, 00:49 AM IST

New Delhi: Lack of adequate Central forces
and "sheer compulsions" in the interest of free and fair
elections forced the Election Commission to opt for a
six-phased assembly polls in Bihar, Chief Election
Commissioner S Y Quraishi said today.

"Left to us, we will also like to do a one-day poll and
be done with it if security forces are available", he said
during an interaction with members of the Editors Guild here.
Quraishi said there was a clamour for Central forces from
all political parties in the state and the basic requirement
was to ensure free and fair polls.

On apprehensions that Diwali and `Chhath` festivals
could affect voter turnout in the polls that will spread over
31 days from October 21 to November 20, he said the previous
polls were also held almost in the same period and they were
not affected.

The CEC said the availability of Central forces was also
affected by the fact that they were required for the
Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

-PTI