New Delhi, April 28: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Om Prakash Rawat has dismissed early Lok Sabha elections in December this year along with the state Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram and Chattisgarh. In an exclusive interview to a news channel, Rawat said,”Machines have to be supplied till September end. It would not be possible to get first level check in such a short time.” Also Read - Allahabad HC Dismisses Plea Challenging PM Modi's Election From Varanasi LS Seat
However, Rawat clearly stated that the EC would be prepared to hold five state assembly elections with 2019 Lok Sabha polls in May 2019.”Once the necessary changes are made in the Representation of People’s Act, not much time is required to hold simultaneous elections. We will then need to make arrangements for adequate EVM’s and Central Paramilitary Forces for the purpose,” Rawat told News 18. Also Read - Babita Phogat Casts Vote, Vows to Promote Sports if Elected
Earlier also Rawat had a word of caution on simultaneous polls when he recently said that the legal framework required for holding of the two elections together will take a lot of time to get ready. (Also read: No immediate possibility of simultaneous polls: Nitish) Also Read - Anti-Modi Tweets by Arvind Kejriwal Vanished Post Lok Sabha Elections 2019
“We cannot put the cart before the horse. Logistical issues are subservient to legal framework. Unless legal framework is in place, we don’t have to talk about anything else because legal framework will take a lot of time, making constitutional amendment to (changing) the law, all the process will take time, he had said.
Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had many times emphasised on the need for holding the polls together. He had also asked NDA leaders to works towards creating an environment in favour of holding simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls. President Ram Nath Kovind had also pitched for simultaneous elections in the past, saying frequent polls posed a huge burden on resources and impeded the development process.