The Election Commission of India on Tuesday announced that it will restore the earlier polling hours — 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. — for the May 5 elections to the Legislative Assembly. Earlier, the commission had said that polling would be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Election Commission headed by Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath, who reviewed poll preparedness in the State, told presspersons that the parties had requested it to restore the earlier timings for voting. Keeping into account hot conditions in summer, the commission has decided to hold polling from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 5. Election Commissioners H.S. Brahma and S.N.A. Zaidi were present.

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