EC declines to advance poll timing due to Ramzan

The Election Commission (EC) on Sunday rejected a plea seeking to prepone the poll timing to 5 a.m. instead of 7 a.m. in view of Ramzan.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court had directed the petitioner to present the case before the poll body.

Rejecting the plea, the poll body said it does not think altering the timing for polls is feasible for the remaining three phases of the general election.

The poll body in its response said the Commission has factored into — shortage of manpower, logistics, heat wave conditions, presence of polling agents during mock polls, adequate facilities at each polling station, and the polling officers are already working at extended hours to complete the job.

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