Candidates were bound to face a tough time due to bad weather in higher reaches, but the election commission was unlikely to defer poll date in the state, said state chief election officer Radha Raturi in Dehradun on Friday.
Raturi reiterated that polling would take place on the day announced by the Central Election Commission and there was no question of altering it. When asked if the CEC was mulling over extending poll dates in some parts of the state due to hostile weather, Raturi expressed her ignorance.
“Nothing has been communicated to the state. There is no plan to defer poll date. The election commission does not take a decision on the basis of what is appearing in newspapers. We go by our own information,” she said.
Raturi said there was no report of faulty nomination papers.
“The exact picture will emerge only after scrutiny reports reach us from all districts. Nevertheless, there is no case of faulty nomination papers from any part of the state,” said Raturi. Meanwhile, the weatherman has once again warned of 36-hour western disturbance across the state from Saturday. It will lead to increased chill and cause snowfall in several parts of the state, mainly in higher reaches.
“Campaigning might be hit for 36 hours from January 15 due to yet another western disturbance. The extent of hardship for campaigners can be gauged only after knowing the level of snowfall in different parts of the state. We are constantly monitoring the weather system. More intrusions of western disturbances will be known after January 15,” said Dehradun meteorology department head Anand Sharma.
He said the weather disturbance would hamper activities in hills of Uttarkashi, Chamoli and Pithoragarh.