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Goa, Pondicherry elections should have been held on its report: DCI

Written by: Staff

Shimla, Apr 25 (UNI) The Delimitation Commission of India (DCI) today expressed displeasure with the Centre for not holding the Kerala rptg Kerala and Pondicherry assembly elections according to its recommendations and hoped that the Punjab assembly elections next year will be held on the basis of its report.

''Pondicherry and Goa Assembly elections should have been held on the basis of the Commission's recommendations that had already been submitted to the Centre,'' Commission's Chairman Kuldeep Singh told reporters here.

He said assembly elections in these two states should have been held on the basis of its recommendations and according to the new limitations, adding that the implementation of the report was not in its hand.

Justice Singh, however, hoped Punjab assembly elections next year would be held on the basis of its new report that had already been prepared and would be submitted to the Centre in the next few days.

''Our work has been completed and the assembly elections next year should be held according to the new report.'' The DCI would submit its final report to the Centre by the end of this year and latest by March 2007, he said, while declining to say when it would be implemented, saying his part was only to prepare it.

Mr Singh said the report would come into force after the President notifies it, and is passed by the Parliament.

Replying to a question, he said the Commission has already completed work in nine states, while the process was on in five other states, including Himachal Pradesh, and would be over by late June or early July.

''The whole process, in any case, will be over by March 2007,'' he added.


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