New Delhi, Dec. 4: The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N. Gopalaswamy alongwith two election commissioners Dr.S.Y.Qureshi and Navin Chawla will review the final poll preparations in Saurashtra and Kutch regions of Gujarat. During their visit, the team will meet representatives of the political parties, central observers, district collectors and senior police officers of the two regions. The Commission will also conduct a meeting at Rajkot and Surat.
This is the first ever visit of the full Election Commission to Saurashtra region. Over 36 million voters will elect the 182-member assembly in Gujarat, as the term of the state's legislative assembly is due to expire on December 26, 2007.
The first phase of polling is scheduled on December 11, whereas the second and the final phase will take place on December 16. Counting of votes will take place on December 23. The BJP managed to win 127 seats, while the Congress party was able to win only 51 seats in the 2002 Gujarat Assembly polls. The Janata Dal (United) and independents won two seats each.