Schedule for Prez poll likely this evening

New Delhi: The schedule for the Presidential election is likely to be announced this evening. Sources said the Election Commission held meetings yesterday as well as today to finalise the schedule for the poll.

The process of electing the new President has to be completed before July 24 when the term of the incumbent Pratibha Patil ends. The notification for the last Presidential election was issued on June 13.

New Chief Election Comissioner V S Sampath, who took over yesterday, said, “All preparatory works are in full swing and an announcement regarding the election schedule is due shortly.” He said an orientation workshop for the returning officer, assistant returning officers and presiding officers for the Presidential poll was held last month.