CEC confirms parliamentary poll on time, amid India-Pak tension

With tensions simmering between India and Pakistan, the Chief Election Commissioner confirmed that they will not delay the Lok Sabha elections.

“The polls will be held on time,” said Mr Arora, who had reviewed electoral preparedness in Uttar Pradesh.

The election body chief’s assurance comes on a day when Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman is expected to cross over into India through the Wagah border.

The Pakistani jets had entered India’s airspace a day after IAF jets targeted a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp at Balakot in Pakistan.

He said that a new notification from the commission requires candidates to give details of their properties abroad, besides those in the country.

Arora expressed disappointment over the manner in which electronic voting machines (EVMs) were being treated like “footballs”. He was referring to doubts expressed against the polling units by opposition parties over the last few years.

The election body chief also said that steps are being taken to curb inflammatory speeches by political leaders ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

The Lok Sabha elections are expected to be held by May.

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