The suspense as to when would the Election Commission of India will announce the schedule of the 2019 Lok sabha polls is over. It has announced that it would be made on March 9.
Last week, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora had said that general elections in the country will be held on time.
“The election in the country will be held on time,” Arora told reporters in Lucknow when asked about the poll schedule in the wake of tensions between India and Pakistan.
He said as per a new notification of the commission, candidates will have to give details of their properties abroad, besides those in the country.
“The I-T department will look into it and, if any, discrepancies are found then it will be uploaded on the Election Commission (EC) website and strict action will be initiated,” the CEC said.
The commission is committed to holding free and fair polls, and will promptly act on any complaint regarding this, the CEC said.
In all the 1,63,331 polling centres, VVPAT machines will be used this time, he said.