Full election commission reviews Saurashtra poll preparedness

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Rajkot, Dec 4 (UNI) Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswamy, along with two election commissioners Dr S Y Qureshi and Navin Chawla, today reviewed poll preparedness in Saurashtra and Kutch regions of Gujarat.

Talking to mediapersons here after reviewing the arrangements with high officials here, Mr Gopalaswamy said, ''The Commission was satisfied with the preparedness.'' In reply to a question, he said, ''We have not yet taken a decision to allow non-EPIC holders to cast votes.'' This is the first visit of the full Election Commission here.

The first phase of polling is scheduled on December 11 for the Saurashtra and Kutch regions.

The Chief Election Commissioner said, ''Micro-observers, appointed by the Election Commission, will be deployed in Saurashtra and other parts of the state to check bogus and forced voting.'' The micro observers will consist of government employees.

''These micro-observers will remain inside a booth and see whether genuine voters are able to use their voting rights. They will report to the three general observers'', he said.

They met the representatives of the recognised political parties and later held discussions with the central observers of Saurashtra and Kutch regions.

In the afternoon, they had meeting with the district collectors and senior police officers of the Saurashtra-Kutch region.


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