By-election in Hazratbal constituency May 30

May 1st, 2009 - 9:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, May 1 (IANS) By-election in the Hazratbal assembly constituency of summer capital Srinagar will be held May 30, the Election Commission announced here Friday evening.
Talking to mediapersons, Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi said: “After the countermanding of the by-election, the poll process had to be started afresh. Notification for Hazratbal assembly by-poll will be issued Monday and polling in the constituency will be held May 30.”

Replying to a question on the countermanding of the by-election for the constituency, Quraishi said that “Election Commission has no powers to overrule the returning officer’s decision to accept nomination papers and the decision to countermand the by-election was a legally-correct one.”

He said the returning officer, who had wrongly accepted nomination papers of one particular candidate, has been suspended.

Quraishi arrived here Friday afternoon and later held meetings with the leaders of various political parties. He also held a meeting with the state chief secretary, S.S. Kapur and state police chief Kuldeep Khoda and discussed with them poll arrangements being made for the final two phases of Lok Sabha elections in the state.

Quraishi said political parties in Jammu and Kashmir have “appreciated the election machinery for conducting free, fair and transparent elections in the state”.

He exuded confidence that polling in the next two phases will be peaceful as it has been in the first three phases of elections.

Quraishi said that the Election Commission lays great stress on adhering to the model code of conduct and urged the fourth estate to bring any violation to its notice.

“Media is an ally and reaches where our eyes don’t. The Election Commission takes suo motto action after reading newspapers or watching television in case of any violation of the electoral process,” he said.

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