Punjab will go to polls in Feb 2017: CEC, Nasim Zaidi, Chief election commissioner of India,Punjab assembly elections 2017,Punjab Polls, National Electoral Roll Purification and Authentication Programme,NERPAP,Lok Sabha elections, Vidhan Sabha elections2017
Chief election commissioner of India (CEC) Nasim Zaidi on Monday ruled out early assembly polls in Punjab.“The elections would be held in the state as per schedule — February 2017,” Zaidi told reporters in Amritsar. The CEC was here to review the status of special summary revision work of electoral rolls with January 1 as the qualifying date.
He held a meeting with Punjab’s chief electoral officer VK. Singh, Amritsar and Tarn Taran deputy commissioners, who are designated as district electoral officers, and other officials.
The key challenge before the poll panel is to check distribution of money and liquor to lure voters, said Zaidi.
“We have managed to check the use of muscle power in elections,” he claimed.
Asked about the possibility of holding the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections simultaneously, Zaidi said the commission is strongly in favour of it as the exercise would save a lot of money, time and energy.