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LS poll dates will be decided by mid Jan: CEC

By Staff

New Delhi, Dec 29: Speaking about the Lok Sabha elections, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), N Gopalaswamy said, "March is a month of examinations. Looks like elections would most likely be held in April-May".

Expressing his satisfaction towards the Jammu Kashmir Assembly Elections, Gopalaswamy said, "It is too early for me to talk about it. By the middle of January, electoral rolls would be out for 2009. Then we will sit down and talk."

Speaking about the Jammu Kashmir polls, he said, "I think luck played a big role. There was less militancy and the weather was good."

The JK polls had witnessed a voter turnout of 61.5 per cent despite boycott by the separatists. "Given the fact that increase in voter turnout is about 15-20 per cent, it is because of no fear factor. The rest is because of bijli, sadak and Pani," he said.

"Last one year, there has been lowering of militancy related actions and hence the fear factor was not there. No militant activity was the main reason for higher voter turnout," Gopalaswamy said.

OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)

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