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Indian Elections Won’t Be Delayed

June 16, 1999

NEW DELHI, India (AP) _ General elections will be held as scheduled in September despite the armed conflict with Pakistan at the border, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee said Wednesday.

``Elections will not be delayed,″ the prime minister said in response to questions from reporters after a function at his residence.

Elections must be held by mid-October, but the Election Commission has said it hopes to complete the balloting process by September. More than 500 million people are registered to vote.

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