Karnataka Elections: Announcement Of Dates Delayed By 1 Month To Mid-April

| February 28 , 2018 , 15:05 IST

The announcement of the dates for the Karnataka state assembly elections are expected to be delayed further, due to the school board examinations, after the bypolls caused disturbances to school exams in UP.

 Initially, the election dates for Karnataka were to be announced by mid-March, but Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat, speaking to a news channel, said that the dates would now be announced in mid-April instead.

"In Karnataka, school board examinations are likely to be over by the end of March and other examinations around April 14," Rawat said.

“Keeping that in mind, we will announce poll dates around April 15,” he added.

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Rawat revealed that the Election Commission had received complaints from children over the noise and chaos caused by the polls in Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha constituencies during their exam time.

The statement by the CEC has led to speculation that the elections may be held on May 13, rather than May 6 as the new state assembly has to be formed before May 28 when the current assembly's tenure ends.

During a visit to Karnataka earlier this month, CEC Rawat had indicated that they would consider various factors such as examinations, peak summer, festivals, law and order situation and force requirement before finalising the election schedule.

While the Congress had slammed the delay in the announcement of Gujarat election dates last year, regarding the announcement of Karnataka election dates the party had no objections.

"Even if they delay elections in Karnataka, we have no problem. We are well-placed here," AICC spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said.