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EC braces for K’taka assembly polls by May

The Election Commission of India is bracing up to conduct election to the Karnataka legislative assembly by May as the five-year term of the present house (13th) ends 3 June.

‘We will soon announce the date(s) for holding election to the state assembly after final consultations in New Delhi with the authorities concerned, including the union home ministry on the availability of central forces for deploying in the state on the polling dates,’ Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath said.

The three-member poll panel, including Election Commissioners H.S. Brahma and Nasim Zaidi has been in the city since Friday to assess the preparation for the ensuing assembly election and ascertain views of the political parties and top officials concerned. Of the 225-member assembly seats, 224 are elected from across the state and one member is nominated to give representation to the Anglo-Indian community in the state.

‘We had constructive discussions with seven political parties, including, national, regional and new entities to conduct fair and peaceful poll. We will consider their suggestions and inputs to prevent malpractices and violation of the model code of conduct that will come into force the day polling dates are announced in due course,’ Sampath said.

The state has 41.9 mn strong electorate and 50,446 polling stations. Around 99 percent of voters have electoral photo identity cards.
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