Notification for second phase of elections tomorrow: CEO

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Shimla, Nov 22 (UNI) The notification for the second phase of polling for the remaining 65 assembly constituencies will be issued tomorrow following which the candidates could fill their nominations, state's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Manisha Nanda said today.

Addressing a meeting of representatives of the political parties for the second phase of the elections, she said the last date for filling nominations would be November 30.

Ms Nanda said while the scrutiny of nominations would be carried out on December one, the last date for withdrawal of the candidature would be December three.

Polling for the second phase for 65 assembly constituencies would be held on December 19, while counting of votes for both the phases would be held on December 28, she said.

She said contesting candidates should submit their dues certificate as per the returning officer's statutory conditions.

Promising to ensure free and fair elections in the state, she said the model code of conduct would be strictly implemented as the process of preparing Electors Photo Identity Cards (EPICs) was in progress.

Following the Election Commission's directives on the use of (EPICs), she said during the second phase of the polling, efforts should be on to increase the number of EPICs.

The Chief Electoral Officer also urged all political parties not to make personal attack on each other and not to make comments on private life.

Permission must also be obtained for the use of loudspeakers or any other such facilities for any proposed meeting, she said, adding that loudspeakers whether, static or mounted on moving vehicles, should not be used either before 0600 hrs or after 2200 hrs without the prior written permission of the authorities.

Besides the parties should also observe EC's restrictions on plying of vehicles during the campaign period and on polling day.

Only persons with specific valid authority letters from the EC could enter any polling booth without any exemption, she said.

Ms Nanda said any complaint or problem regarding the conduct of elections could be brought to the notice of the Observer appointed by the Commission, returning officer and the district election officer.


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