Panaji: Assembly elections in five states
due next year may to held together, the Central election
Commission indicated on Friday.
Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi said that
elections for Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Uttar
Pradesh and Goa are likely to be held together. "But we are
yet to take a final call on it," he told told reporters here.
He said dates would be announced after having
negotiations, deliberations and discussion on various aspects
concerning these states.
Quraishi said that the Commission has completed the
tour of all these poll-bound states.
"We have completed our tours and taken suggestions on
the conduct of the polls. Over the next few days, we will sit
together, negotiate and discuss on various points," he said.
The Election Commission is taking into consideration
aspects like examinations, festivals, agricultural season as
also the availability of central forces, before announcing the
The Commission members today held a series of
meetings with Goa`s political parties, police, bureaucracy and
election officials to check the preparedness for the polls.