Election Commission announces dates for Haryana and Maharashtra assembly polls

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The Election Commission of India on Saturday announced the dates for the assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana. Speaking to reporters, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said that the poll body had found both the states in a reasonable state of preparedness to hold assembly elections.

The election in both states will be held on 21 October while the counting to take place on 24 October.

Arora assured the political parties about the reliability of the EVMs.

There are 8.94 crore voters in Maharashtra and 288 seats while Haryana has 1.82 crore voters and 90 seats. The term of the assembly in Haryana and Maharashtra will end on 2 and 9 November respectively.

Last week, an EC delegation led by Arora had visited Maharashtra to take review of the election preparations. Later speaking to reporters, Arora had said, “Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) cannot be tampered with. EVMs can malfunction but cannot be tampered.”

Arora also said that some political parties in Maharashtra had requested him to hold this year’s assembly polls using ballot papers but he said that this was not possible. News agency ANI had quoted him as saying, “Few political parties have asked about voting through ballot paper. We have told them it is not possible, its history now.”

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