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Modi Govt will now ask EC: Can joint polls for Lok Sabha and State Assemblies be held in 2019?

April 15, 2018:

NITI Aayog has already recommended simultaneous polls, Law Commission of India to submit its Report soon.

possible only when necessary changes in the Constitution and Representation of the People Act are carried out.
Election Commission of India  Pic by TOI

The Central Government will seek the Election Commission’s (EC) opinion on whether simultaneous election to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies be held in multiple phases beginning next year, official sources have said.

The views on the issue would be sought from the EC after the submission of a report by the Law Commission, which is likely to recommend simultaneous election in two phases in 2019 and 2024.

The Law Commission of India is likely to submit its report on the matter to the law ministry later this month.

A similar report of the government think tank NITI Aayog recommending simultaneous polls in two phases had been referred to the poll panel for its views.

Seeking to give shape to the Central Government’s concept of ‘one nation, one election’, a Law Commission internal working paper has recommended holding simultaneous election to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies in two phases beginning 2019.

The second phase of simultaneous polls can take place in 2024, the document states. PTI

Source TOI

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