With the Election Commission of India (ECI) underlining that the coming Lok Sabha polls would be held “on time,” the dates of the marathon election process are likely to be announced around March 10.
Recently, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora accompanied by senior ECI officials had toured Lucknow to hold discussions with political parties and review the poll preparedness in Uttar Pradesh, which elects the maximum number of 80 Lok Sabha members.
In his news conference, Arora had noted political parties were treating the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) as football, which could be kicked any time they liked.
He reminded EVMs were being used since 1988 and those questioning its creditability could never produce evidence to prove their allegations. However, ECI said now VVPAT (voter verifiable paper audit trail) would be used along with the EVMs to allay any apprehensions of rigging in polls.
ECI will employ cVIGIL app, which allows citizens to lodge complaints during the election process, while the authorities are mandated to address the same in 100 minutes. Arora stressed ECI was committed to holding free and fair polls and that stern action would be taken against offenders.