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EC to hold talks with political leaders

EC to hold talks with political leaders

Thiruvananthapuram: The Election Commission (EC) will hold meetings with political leaders on Thursday to take stock of preparations for assembly elections in the state.

The ‘full’ Commission comprising Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi and fellow Commissioners A K Joti and O P Rawat reached Kerala on Wednesday night and they would return to Delhi on February 5.

Assembly elections are likely be held in West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in April-May. The EC has already visited West Bengal and Assam to take stock of poll preparedness in the two states.

The Commission is likely to announce the poll schedule for the five states in March.

Since the elections are in five states at the same time, the EC will take into consideration the availability of central forces while deciding the schedule.
The Commission will also factor in festivals, weather conditions and school examinations while working out the schedule.

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