EC rejects plea to reschedule polling due to Ramzan and heat wave

By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  May 06, 2019, 01:09 PM

Election Commission
Deciding on a plea requesting the re-scheduling of voting time in the last three phases of the ongoing 17th Lok Sabha elections, the Election Commission rejected the plea, due to logistical and administrative problems.
The plea was filed by advocate Mohammad Nizamuddin Pasha, and was fought by advocate Meenakshi Arora in the Supreme Court, who requested the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi led-bench to consider the polling to begin earlier due to the clashing of the holy month of Ramzan in those dates, along with the Meteorological Department declaring a possible heat wave. 
Arora had also said that the heat wave would not allow the polling time to be extended later in the evening, and consequently the voting must commence earlier. 
The apex court had redirected the case to the Election Commission, which said that the altering of the existing hours of the poll would not be “feasible”. 
The fifth phase of the ongoing 17th General Elections commences today, on May 06. This is the smallest of the seven phases, with polling being conducted in only 51 constituencies, spanning seven states. Two constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir, four in Jharkhand, five in Bihar, seven in West Bengal, seven in Madhya Pradesh, twelve in Rajasthan and fourteen in Uttar Pradesh will witness polling. 
By 1:00pm, around 31.48% voter turnout was recorded. Highest was recorded in West Bengal, at 39.55%, and lowest in Jammu and Kashmir at 6.54%. 

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