Thiruvananthapuram: There was no move to
advance elections to the assembly in Kerala which would be
held in the mid-May next year, Chief Election Commissioner
S Y Quraishi said on Tuesday.
Addressing reporters here, Quraishi said he and Election
Commissioner V S Sampath held initial discussions with the
Chief Electoral Officer, Chief Secretary, DGP and district
collectors on the preparations for the conduct of next year`s
They reviewed the position of distribution of photo
identity cards and voter turnout. "There is a general apathy
among urban voters across the country towards elections and
innovative techniques will be used to educate them," Quraishi
said, adding that the apathy was more pronounced in cities
like Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad.
The CEC and EC held discussions with state officials on
the efficacy of the communication systems to be used in the
elections. There were some shadow areas on this front which
would be sorted out with the help of BSNL and other operators,
He said the Election Commission was satisfied with the
arrangements in Kerala and the state had virtually done
everything needed for conducting election.
To a question on Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs),
Sampath said the EVMs used in the country was one of the
"They are not merely electronic devices, but has all
precautions as in the ballot box. There is no need for
misgivings about the safety of EVMs," he said.
Earlier, Quraishi and Sampath inaugurated the newly
designed website of the State Election Commission and its new
call centre service.