Simultaneous polls will require at least 5 amendments to Constitution but would yield huge savings to exchequer

New Delhi: Holding simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and state assemblies would need at least five constitutional amendments and a large number of additional EVMs and paper-trail machines costing “thousands of crores of rupees”, but will yield a huge long-term saving to the public exchequer, officials said on Friday.

A parliamentary panel had examined the issue of simultaneous elections in consultation with various stakeholders, including the Election Commission.

The committee made certain recommendations in this regard, the officials said.

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