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HT Correspondent
Dehradun, February 25, 2014
Accepting the government’s request for a brief panchayat election schedule, the Election Commission on Monday announced that the polls would be held in two phases on March 21 and March 24. “We made the request for a brief panchayat poll schedule owing to the limited manpower we have… A long poll schedule would adversely affect the rebuilding process in the disaster-hit areas as we have limited number of officials,” said chief minister Harish Rawat while speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function here at the police headquarters on Monday.

Hours after the CM’s statement, state election commissioner Suvardhan announced at a press conference that the panchayat polls would be held on March 21 and 24.