New Delhi, Aug 14: A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) proposed to conduct elections in 11 states along with 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat on Tuesday said the body doesn't have the required number of VVPAT machine to hold simultaneous polls in several states along with general elections.
"There are not enough VVPAT machines to conduct 11 state elections simultaneously with Lok Sabha polls in 2019. If such a thing is to be attempted, more VVPAT machines will have to be ordered, and a decision in this regard will have to be taken in a month or two," CEC OP Rawat told News18.
For Lok Sabha polls and elections in the five states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, the Election Commission has ordered an additional 17.4 lakh voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) units, 13.95 lakh ballot units and 9.3 lakh control units. The poll panel is expected to get delivery of VVPAT machines by November.
#WATCH: Chief Election Commissioner, OP Rawat, says, "simultaneous elections are possible given the required legal framework is in place. Extra polling personnel, security, & VVPATs will also be needed." pic.twitter.com/xA5GVQKeh7
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The Election Commission would require 34 lakh ballot units, 26 lakh control units and 27 lakh VVPAT machines to hold Lok Sabha and Assembly elections simultaneously in 2019, according to a Times of India report.
The ruling BJP on Monday upped its demand for simultaneous assembly and Lok Sabha polls with its president Amit Shah writing to the Law Commission asserting that this would cut the huge expenses running into thousands of crore of rupees spent on elections.
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