Election Commission Hints at Holding Gujarat Polls in December


The Electoral Commission said Tuesday that Gujarat could go to the polls in December, as the current Legislature’s term will end in the third week of January.

Chief Elections Commissioner (CEC) A K Joti also said that the voter verified paper audit system (VVPAT) will be used in more than 50,000 booths in Gujarat. VVPAT was first used in Goa surveys earlier this year.

He said that paper tickets will be counted in one place in every 182 districts to count the number of ballots and votes cast.

For the first time, the voting panel will also feature all women’s voting tables in Gujarat in all segments of the assembly.

A team of EC officials led by the CEC was on a visit from Gujarat to evaluate the preparation of the vote.

“The elections will have to be held in December as the mandate of the current Gujarat assembly is coming to an end in the third week of January,” Joti said in response to a question about media reports and some politicians said that the polls will be held in December.