The Election Commission on Friday made it clear that ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan will have no bearing on the upcoming general election in April-May.
On whether the polls would be postponed in the wake of the situation that has arisen following the February 14 Pulwama attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir and the subsequent IAF strike to destroy Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camps in Pakistan’s Balakot, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said, ” the elections will be held on time.”
Replying to a question on the possible notification of the Lok Sabha poll dates, Arora said the media and the country would come to know of it through the “usual press conference”, as per the norm.
Arora 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 CEC said, “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.”
Commenting on the election commission’s stand on inflammatory speeches, Arora said in his review meetings, he tried to find out the status of such cases lodged during previous elections.