WHEN THE State Election Commission (SEC) and the Urban Development Department officials meet on Wednesday to discuss the dates of civic polls, monsoon will be on top of the agenda.
The Urban Development Department has already dispatched the tentative dates of the notification and polls to the SEC for final approval. With the assent of the SEC, the State Government will issue notification for the polls.
According to sources, the dates suggested by the Urban Development Department is notification on August 21. The department wants to hold poll in three-phase and the dates suggested by it are September 19, 22 and 25. The counting will be held on September 28.
But, the SEC officials are a worried lot. UP usually experiences heavy rainfall in the months of August and September. “Rainfall may play spoilsport during the poll,” said the SEC officials.
Though the elections will be held in the urban areas and the threat of flood is negligible, still waterlogging is a major issue in the cities and towns these days.
A good downpour is enough to inundate a large area.. Recently several localities in the cities including Lucknow were waterlogged when early Monsoon hit the state.
“If the polling booths are waterlogged, the people will face difficulty in casting their votes. In several localities, waterlogging is about two to three feet and the voters will not step out of their house to visit the booths,” an official said.
We are mulling over the poll dates keeping in mind the rainfall during September, an official said. Though the officials are contemplating to shift the dates to October but Dussehra festival in the first week of October has again restrained them from deciding over the fresh dates.
If no amendments were made in the dates suggested by the department, the poll would be over before Dussehra festival. The District administration officials and police force would be free to focus on the law and order during the festival, the officials said.