New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) OP Rawat on Wednesday asserted that Madhya Pradesh Assembly Elections will be held on time. The announcement came a day after the visit of a team of Election Commission to the state. Also Read - Strict Security Protocol in Place, EVMs Cannot be Tampered With: Ex-CEC OP Rawat
“Hamara aana hi praman hai ki samay pe honge (We are here, which means that the polls will be held on time),” Rawat was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. Also Read - Demonetisation Failed to Check Black Money, More Money Seized in This Year's Polls: Former CEC OP Rawat
A high-level team of the EC, led by CEC OP Rawat, is on a 2-day visit to the state to review the preparations for the upcoming Assembly elections. The team comprises Election Commissioners Sunil Arora and Ashok Lawasa among other senior officials. Also Read - Assembly Election 2018: Election Commission Assures Social Media Platforms Would Check Posts Which Could Affect Poll Process
On Tuesday, the team held a meeting with the representative of political parties and officials in Bhopal to ensure free and fair elections.
As per reports, the Commission received many complaints and suggestions in connection with the upcoming elections.
CEC Rawat also said that ‘One Nation, One Poll’ is not possible until changes are made in the Constitution and law. His statement came a few days after he had rejected the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) idea of holding elections in 11 states along with Lok Sabha Elections 2019 claiming that the number of VVPAT machines available are not enough to carry out the exercise.