EC rejects Mizoram BJP’s plea for extension of dates for filing nominations
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EC rejects Mizoram BJP’s plea for extension of dates for filing nominations

New Delhi, Nov 8: The Election Commission on Thursday rejected BJP Mizoram unit's demand for extension of dates for filing nomination papers to the November 28 elections.

In a response to state BJP president Prof J V Hluna's plea, the Election Commission said the "request" for extension of the last date for filing of nomination has not been acceded to "on account of peace and normalcy in the state".

When contacted Election Commission sources said here that any request for 'extension' of date for filing nomination papers is not permissible under rule and therefore the plea by the Mizoram BJP has been rejected.

In April this year, EC sources said, the Supreme Court refused to interfere with the dates to file nomination papers for the panchayat elections in West Bengal.

The bench of Justices R.K. Agrawal and A.M. Sapre gave the order after hearing a petition by West Bengal BJP alleging that its candidates were 'not allowed' to file their nomination papers for the panchayat polls - those were held in West Bengal in May, 2018.

According to poll schedule announced by the Election Commission, the last date for filing nomination is Friday, November 9.

The date for scrutiny of nominations is November 12 while the last date of withdrawal of candidatures is November 14, Wednesday.

Mizoram goes to the polls to elect its 40-member state legislature on November 28 and the counting of votes takes place on December 11 along with Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Telenagana.

The election process in Mizoram is to be completed by December 13. (UNI)