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Simultaneous elections not possible without legal framework: Chief Election Commissioner

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Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat has said simultaneous elections are not possible without a legal framework as any extension or curtailment of the term of assemblies will require a constitutional amendment.

Mr Rawat told media in New Delhi that the logistics arrangements with regard to 100 per cent availability of VVPATs will be a constraint. He added that the Commission had given inputs and suggestions in 2015 with regards to other requirements of the additional police force and polling personnel for simultaneous polls.

He added that the poll panel will continue to deliver its responsibility of conducting elections whenever term of the state assemblies come to an end. His remarks came a day after the BJP made a fresh push to hold Lok Sabha and assembly polls together.

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