On Wednesday, in a surprising statement, Election Commission of India said it’s capable of holding both assembly and Lok Sabha polls together by September 2018. Interestingly, BJP has been pushing for simultaneous polls but the opposition parties are not on the board.
Election Commissioner O P Rawat told reporters while attending the launch of the ERONet software to check inaccuracy and duplicity, that the central government had asked for a response on holding of simultaneous national and state polls.
Also, the EC had got Rs 3,400 crore and Rs 12,000 crore for the requisite number of EVMs and VVPATs from the government. Moreover, the delivery of machines had already begun and the electoral body would be in a position to hold elections by September 2018.
“We will be logistically ready to hold simultaneous polls by September 2018 but it is up to the government to take a decision and make necessary legal amendments for it.”
In December this year, Gujarat will elect his next government, Karnataka goes to poll in May 2018 while Himachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura will also complete their election process before September 2018.