Thiruvananthapuram: A senior Election Commission
official Monday discounted the possibility of advancing
assembly elections in Kerala, which are due in May next year.
Deputy Election Commissioner Alok Shukla, who was here
to hold discussions with officials and political party
representatives, told reporters that he did not see any
circumstances which warranted advancing the polls by one or
He, however, said a final decision on the matter was to be
takeby the Election Commission.
He said his was a "preparative visit" and the details of
the election like the actual dates would be decided after
few rounds of discussions.
The speculations on elections being held in early next year
were fuelled by reports in a section of media that the
Congress in the state might press for an early poll.
However, KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala today denied that
the party had any such idea. "The party only wants the polls
to be held in time. The Congress and the UDF are prepared
to face elections any time they are held", Chennithala said.
Meanwhile, the CPI-M nominees who met the EC official said
the party preferred single-phase poll in April. The BJP,
however, wanted a two-phase polls.
Shukla held discussions with the state Chief Eelectoral
Officer Nalini Netto and Director General of Police Jacob