Poll panel meets to finalise dates for six assembly elections

October 11th, 2008 - 7:42 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 11 (IANS) The Election Commission of India Saturday met to finalise dates for six assembly polls due by the end of 2008.“Chief Election Commissioner (N. Gopalaswami) met election commissioners and deputy election commissioners to discuss and decide final dates for the elections coming up in six states,” a senior officer told IANS.

“In all probability, election dates for the states, including Jammu and Kashmir, will be announced Monday,” the officer said.

Assembly elections to six states - Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Jammu and Kashmir - are due by the year end.

Jammu and Kashmir is under governor’s rule since July 11, when the former Congress-led coalition government was toppled and assembly dissolved after coalition partner Peoples Democratic Party withdrew its support to then chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

The assembly elections in the six states would be a dress rehearsal before the Lok Sabha election due early next year.

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