ECI have instructed all states to prepare Photo Elecotral Rolls

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Mangalore, May 08(UNI) The Election Commission of India have instructed all the state governments to complete the process of preparation of Photo Electoral Rolls (PER) before August 2008 ahead of general elections to be held in 2009.

Speaking to newspersons here today after reviewing the poll preparedness for the second phase elections to Karantaka assembly elections of 10 districts Mr Gopalaswamy said that some of the states including Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Rajastan, Haryana have already completed this process.

He said that today's meeting which was attended by District electoral officers, Superintendent of Police and poll observors also instructed the district administration to take suitable steps communicate the voters about the decision of EC on bringing the ID cards or any other 20 documents which enables them to exercise franchaise. Stating that the cocnerned voter who has temporary ration card endorsed by the concerned polling officer or village accountant or by the village panchayath secretary can also be accepted as identity proof to exercise franchise.

The meeting also expressed displeasure for not taking adequate measures to contain the movement of illicit liquors and issued instructions to excise officials to take immediate measures to contain it.

He said that during the interactions with the representatives of political parties several complaints received on issuing coupens by political parties to purchase articles in exchange of votes.

Complaints also received over the alleged use of religious places in wooing voters.

He said that EC has issued directions to district administration and police officials to take adequate measures against these complaints and demonstrate actions.

Replying another query, he said that the Commission had long back had recommended the union government to ban all pre-poll and exit-poll survey, but the decision is yet come from the government.

He said that the campaigning for the first phase of polling would come to and end today evening and review of 10 districts going to polls in the second phase having 66 constituencies with a total number of 959 candidates had been taken by the Commission. Besides, Mr. Gopalaswamy, the other two Election Commissioners Naveen B Chawla, and S Y Quraishi, Deputy Election Commissioner R Bhattacharya and M N Vidyashankar, Chief Electoral Officer, Karnataka among those who participated in the review meeting.

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