Full member EC team to visit HP on Dec 12

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Shimla, Dec 11 (UNI) The three member Election Commission (EC) is arriving here on a two-day visit of Himachal Pradesh on December 12 to review the arrangements for the second phase of elections on December 19.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswamy and two members Naveen Chawala and S Y Qureshi would hold discussions with the state election commission, observers, DGP, district magistrates and political parties during their stay here, State's Chief Electoral Officer Manisha Nanda said here.

The second phase of polling for the remaining 65 assembly constituencies of the state would be held on December 19, while polling for the three tribal seats of Kinnuar, Lahaul Spiti and Bharmaur in Chamba district was held on November 14.

Ms Nanda said the commission besides holding discussions with the six main political parties would hold a review with the observors and other state officials.

Assuring that prompt action had been taken on all the major complaints received by the state election commission, she said it had also forwarded the compliance report to the poll panel.

In all, she said, it had received 366 complaints about violations of the model code of conduct during the campaigning in the state.

The CEO said suo moto action was taken on 24 news items, while it received 162 complaints from the public and 92 through the EC and 88 complaints various political parties.

Of the 65 assembly constituencies that go to the polls in the second phase, Tepa polling station in Rajnagar assembly constituency in Chamba district was situated at a height of 12,000 feet, while Nalti polling station in Hamirpur constituency was situated at a height of 7,000 feet.

Taleru polling station in Bhanikhet constituency has a minimum of 24 electors, she added.

Ms Nanda said 5,934 polling stations and eight auxillary polling stations have been set up across the state, adding that elaborate arrangements have been made to ensure free and fair elections in the state.

UNI

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