Political parties make key poll-related suggestions to Election Commission

February 3rd, 2009 - 6:02 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Feb 3 (ANI): Leaders of several political parties told the three- member Election Commission on Tuesday to ensure a level playing field to smaller parties during the forthcoming general elections.
They also appealed to the commission to compress the use of money and muscle power, besides holding the polls in fewer places.
Communist Party of India -Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury said the polls should not extend for more than three weeks, and advised single phased polls for Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
He also suggested that ongoing developmental works like NREGA should not be disrupted because of the polls.
The CPI (M) and CPI also demanded proportional representation and state funding for the elections.
They also opposed the use of surrogate advertisement and misuse of the media for campaigning.
Senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the Election Commission should decide on the polling schedule keeping the school examinations in mind.
He called for adequate security and deployment of paramilitary forces at polling booths, besides keeping a stringent check on Electronic Voting Machines (EVM).
Twenty-five state parties and seven national party leaders were present at the meeting to discuss the coming elections, which are expected to be held between April 8 and May 15.
Chief election Commissioner N Gopalaswami, Election Commissioner Navin Chawla and the third commissioner S Y Quraishi presided over the interaction. (ANI)

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