Maha Assembly poll: No change in dates, says Chawla
Last Updated: Wednesday, September 09, 2009, 22:23
Mumbai: There would be no change in schedule for the Maharashtra Assembly polls, Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla said here on Wednesday.

"There is not going to be any change in dates," Chawla told reporters at the state government's 'Sahyadri' guest house in south Mumbai.

Chawla, who met representatives of political parties and reviewed poll preparations with senior officials, said no demand for change of the date of counting, scheduled on October 22, was made by the parties.

On the election work assigned to DG (ACB) A N Roy and not to state police chief S S Virk, Chawla said "it is our well-known policy that the responsibility is given not to DGP but to the next senior-most official". He also pointed out that Virk has been granted an extension by the government.

Shiv Sena leaders present at the meeting objected to the appointment of Roy to oversee poll work, alleging that his track record was not good.

As per the schedule, results of the October 13 elections will not be known until October 22, the day when votes will be counted, a full five days after Diwali.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, September 09, 2009, 22:23

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