People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
February 08, 2004
Non-Congress Opposition Meets Election Commission
LEADERS of several non-Congress opposition parties met the Election Commission on February 3 and requested that dates for the general elections should in no way clash with the schedules of all-India and state board examinations. In fact, elections should in no way be allowed to hamper the career of crores of students, they submitted.
They further pointed out that in states like UP the voters list was slated to be ready on March 23 and that also should be borne in mind.
some reporters after nearly an hour long meeting at the Election Commission,
CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury said the delegation comprised former
prime minister H D Deve Gowda, CPI(M) general secretary Harkishan Singh Surjeet,
CPI general secretary AB Bardhan,
Laloo Prasad Yadav (RJD), D Raja and Prem Gupta, among others, besides Yechury
The delegation specifically drew attention of the commission officials to the schedule of CBSE examinations, which would be completed only by April 4. In Uttar Pradesh, these examinations would, however, finish on April 16, Yechury said.
the revised voters’ lists in Uttar Pradesh are slated to be brought out on
“The Election Commission should take all these dates into account before announcing the poll dates,” the delegation urged.
They made it clear to presspersons that it was not for political parties to suggest time frames. “That is not for the political parties to decide. It is the prerogative of the Election Commission,” they said.
the meeting, Yechury said the delegation drew the commission’s attention to
certain problems which can come in the way of holding the elections at a
specified point of time, and also touched on the model code of conduct and how
it was sought to be violated through a variety of announcements. (INN)