UP 2022; All parties want polls on time, says Chief Election Commissioner

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra said that there would be no delay in conducting polls in Uttar Pradesh.
Addressing a press conference on Thursday, Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra said that there would be no delay in conducting polls in Uttar Pradesh.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra said that there would be no delay in conducting polls in Uttar Pradesh.

“Representatives of all political parties met us and told us that elections should be conducted on time following all Covid-19 protocols,” he said.

The final voters’ list will be released on January 5, Chandra said. 

He was speaking at the press conference in Lucknow.

“People above 80 years of age, persons with disabilities, and Covid affected people who are unable to come to the polling booth, the Election Commission will reach their doorsteps for vote,” Chief Election Commissioner said.

He went on to say: “61% voter turnout was recorded in 2017 UP assembly elections. In 2019 Lok Sabha elections, voter turnout in UP was 59%. It a matter of worry why voting percentage is less in the state where there is high political awareness among people.” 

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, The EC delegation met district magistrates, police chiefs, commissioners, IGs, DIGs, and other officials and reviewed the preparations for the upcoming polls to ensure free and fair elections.