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UP polls likely in February

Polls in Uttar Pradesh are likely in February as the Election Commission of India has prohibited the transfer of officials of the rank of district magistrate and below from September 29 to January 2.

india Updated: Sep 17, 2011 01:20 IST
HT Correspondent

Polls in Uttar Pradesh are likely in February as the Election Commission of India has prohibited the transfer of officials of the rank of district magistrate and below from September 29 to January 2.

The prohibition order applies to district magistrates, additional district magistrates, sub-divisional magistrates, tehsildars, nayab tehsildar, block development officers, chakbandi officers and booth-level officers.

Chief electoral officer Umesh Sinha said the officers entrusted with the task of revising the voter list could be transferred only with the permission of the Election Commission.

A political observer said: "The ban imposed on the transfer of the officers as well as the impetus to the electoral roll revision gives a hint that assembly polls might be held in February."

The voters’ list will be put on display at the polling booths and a designated officer will be deputed there to collect the application forms. The commission will carry out a special drive for the registration of the voters on October 9, 16 and 23.

The five-years tenure of the present government will end on May 21, 2012.

Representatives of a majority of the political parties had asked chief election commissioner SY Quaraishi to hold elections in February during his visit in July.

To support their case, the parties said in March the students and teachers would be busy with board examinations while April was harvest time for farmers.