The Election Commission may announce the dates for the assembly elections to be held in five states in February. According to sources, the commission wants to hold elections in these states by April due to the board exams of 10th and 12th in May. The commission will release the final voter list on January 15 and dates can be announced anytime after that.
The term of the legislative assemblies of West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry will be completed in May-June. But in view of the examinations, the commission can hold elections ahead of time. Another reason for conducting elections ahead of time is the history of electoral violence in West Bengal and Assam.
As per the information received from the sources in the Commission, elections are not possible with the examination in April and May after the Central Board of Secondary Education announced to conduct Class 10 and 12 board exams in May. Therefore, the Commission will have to end all electoral activities in these states by April.
These states have a large number of CBSE students. In this alone, 1.86 lakh children in Kerala are studying through this medium. There are 260 schools in West Bengal. There are 642 CBSE medium schools in Tamil Nadu. There are 232 schools in Assam and 30 in Puducherry. In such a situation, if elections are held in May-June, the level of governance with children will increase. During this period, publicity will also be affected as loudspeakers will be banned. In such a situation, the commission has the option to elect before the scheduled time.
The term of the legislative assemblies of West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry, which are important cultural and tourism states of the country, expires in May-June. In such a situation, there is a history of electoral violence in West Bengal and Kerala with Corona infection before the Election Commission.
Voting began in the 2016 elections in West Bengal from April 4 to May 19. There was widespread violence in the state in the 2018 panchayat elections. Therefore, political parties like BJP have expressed the possibility of violence in the assembly elections here.