Unofficial identity slips may be used in HP polls: CEO

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Shimla, Nov 28 (UNI) Himachal Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer Manisha Nanda today said the Election Commission of India (ECI) has allowed the political parties /candidates to issue unofficial identity slips containing the name and serial number of the voter in the electoral roll.

These slips will also contain the polling station and date of poll.

She clarified that these identity slips should be on white paper and use of blue or royal blue or black ink only would be permitted. These slips should not contain the name of the candidate or the name of his party or the election symbol of the candidate or his party.

The slips should not contain any slogans or any exhoration to vote for a party or for a candidate since these slips, if carried by the voters to the polling stations would amount to canvassing within the polling stations, which is not permissible. The circulation of slips whthin 100 meters of the polling station would also amount to canvassing, which is not permissible under the law, she added.

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