As the general election to the next Lok Sabha has to be held and the new House to be in place before the expiry of the term of the current Lok Sabha on May 31, 2014, the Election Commission has geared up its official machinery to complete the process before that date.
In a fresh direction to the State Chief Electoral Officers, the EC has asked them to speed up the process of summary revision of electoral rolls and enrolling of new voters who have completed 18 years of age as on January 1, 2014. The rolls should be prepared carefully without giving any room for complaints of wrong deletions of names. Similarly the officers should try to achieve cent per cent coverage of elector photo identity card (EPIC) distribution and printing of photo electoral rolls.
Conferences of State CEOs at the regional levels have been convened and senior officials of the Commission sent to those meetings to brief the officials on the election preparation process.
Informed sources said the EC is also planning to hold a conference of State/UTs CEOs in January to get the first hand information about the poll preparations from them.
The Commission might opt for seven or eight phases poll spread over April and May and the actual announcement of poll schedule might be made at the end of February or early March, they sources added.