Lok Sabha elections to be held in April-May next year: CEC

December 8th, 2008 - 7:23 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Dec 8 (ANI): Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalswamy has said that the Lok Sabha elections are to be held on schedule in April-May next year, adding that there is no particular interest to advance the dates unless it is necessary.

The general elections in the country are held just before the end of the governments tenure, he said.

Gopalaswamy today strongly advocated on the public to exert pressure to cleanse the political system from criminal elements.

He said money power continues to play its role in the electoral politics and the commission had received complaints from Madhya Pradesh that the media coverage for candidates was based on payments under the table.

Speaking on the increased frequency of polls, Gopalaswamy said he favoured of a fixed term of five years for the governments so that they can go ahead with the implementation of their policies.

The CEC said the use of photo electoral rolls this time were instrumental in reducing bogus voting. (ANI)

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