New Delhi: Heightened tension between India and Pakistan will have no impact on the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019, said Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Friday. “Elections will be held on time,” Arora confirmed when asked about poll schedule in wake of India-Pakistan standoff.

Notably, tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force decimated terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed’s (JeM) biggest training camp near Balakot deep inside Pakistan on Tuesday.

Earlier on Thursday, Arora held a meeting with district magistrates and other officials of Uttar Pradesh and reviewed the preparations for the polls. In the meeting, instructions were issued by the CEC that electronic voting machines and VVPAT machines should be checked well in time to avoid any glitches during voting. Instructions were also issued to make the voters aware about the helpline number 1950, and media centres be established in every district to monitor the social media.

The CEC also said that sensitive places should be identified, and communal amity at those places should be enhanced. Apart from this, CCTV cameras should be installed at sensitive polling centres, and such centres should be identified well in advance.

Security should also be stepped up at international and inter-state boundaries. He also said all the directives of the Election Commission must be implemented and stringent action will be initiated against the officials showing laxity.
District magistrates, divisional commissioners, superintendent of police and other senior police officials were present at the meeting.

About Lok Sabha Elections 2019: 

General elections to form the 17th Lok Sabha is scheduled to be held between April and May 2019. Lok Sabha MPs, 543 in number, are elected through voting. In the last general elections to Lok Sabha of 2014, BJP-led NDA had defeated the Congress-led UPA to win by a landslide victory.