The Election Commission (EC) on Saturday said that it would consider changing the date of counting of votes for the Assembly elections of Maharashtra and Haryana.
The EC has fixed October 22 as the date of counting for Haryana, Maharashtra and Arunachal Pradesh — nine days after the three states go to polls on October 13.
Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla told reporters that they have kept a nine-day gap between the date of polling and counting keeping in mind the difficult terrain in Arunachal Pradesh.
“In case of Haryana and Maharashtra, several festivals like Diwali and Bhai Dooj are in October which require us to give some gap between the polling and counting dates,’’ the CEC said. “There are polling stations in Arunachal Pradesh which require poll officials to travel for two days, mostly on foot. In the event of a re-poll, the EC will need time to allow poll officials to reach those polling stations again.”
Chawla said they will consider changing the date of counting for Maharashtra and Haryana.
Replying to a question on posting on election duty of certain officers who have been debarred from doing so, Chawla said it has come to their notice that there were two such officials.
“We are considering taking action,’’ he said.