New Delhi: Dismissing reports of clubbing of
next year`s assembly polls in five states as baseless and
misleading, the Election Commission has clarified that there
is no consideration or thinking as yet regarding timing of the
polls in these states.
"Never in recent days, any deliberation on the matter has
been taken up by the Commission. As such, reports and
references as mentioned above are completely baseless and
misleading," a Commission statement said.
Noting that general elections to the five Legislative
Assemblies of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and
Goa are due in 2012, the Commission said it is engaged in its
usual preparatory activities for quite some time in respect of
these upcoming polls.
The Election Commission proposes another round of visit to
these States in the first half of November to assess the
ground situation and poll preparedness. It has already
conducted one round of visit of its officials to these States
in August 2011.
The preparedness aspects are being followed up through
normal official channels and through discussions with
stakeholders, an EC statement stated.
The Commission is currently engaged in monitoring of
Summary Revision of electoral rolls in all the States and
Union Territories, including a systematic campaign for
enrolment of newly eligible youth, it said, adding that a
vigorous programme of training for election officials is on.