Election Commission meets State commissioners

February 4th, 2009 - 8:26 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Feb. 4 (ANI): The full Election Commission on Wednesday discussed the preparations of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections with the Chief Electoral Officers of all the states and Union Territories.
Chief Election Commissioner N.Gopalaswami presided the meeting, which discussed the progress in the revision of electoral rolls, requirement of poll staff, Progress in issuance of photo identity cards and other measures for smooth conduct of elections.
The Commission already held detailed discussions with the national and regional parties on Tuesday.
The political parties had unanimously urged the Commission to take effective measures to combat surrogate advertisements and attempts to misuse print media.
They also said that the voting should be held in minimum phases to avoid the use of money and muscle power.
However, the commission had asked the parties to strictly avoid communal overtones in election campaign and observe the Model Code of Conduct.
The poll panel is expected to hold discussions with the state police chiefs tomorrow on the deployment of forces for poll duty and issues regarding law and order.
The final dates for the polls are yet to be decided, but the next Lok Sabha needs to be constituted by the May 1.
The elections to the Lok Sabha, the largest electoral exercise in the world involves 671 million voters. (ANI)

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