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SEC directive on symbol allotment

THE NATIONAL president and the state president of a party can issue certificate for allotment of symbol to their official candidate for civic election.

india Updated: Sep 30, 2006 01:32 IST

THE NATIONAL president and the state president of a party can issue certificate for allotment of symbol to their official candidate for civic election.

Besides, the office bearer authorised by the party president can issue such certificate. This was stated by the State Election Commission (SEC) on Friday.

The leaders of various political parties — the BJP, the Congress and the BSP —visited the SEC and drew its attention towards the clause that only party president can issue certificate to the candidate.  The leaders were worried that how the party president alone could issue certificate to thousands of candidates.

Talking to the media persons, additional election commissioner Vinay Priya Dubey and joint election commissioner PC Gupta said that symbols were allotted to five national political parties, nine state parties, 14 recognised and registered political parties and two unrecongnised but registered political parties.  While 21 political parties that were granted immediate registration were free to choose from the symbols reserved by the SEC.

Gupta said an amendment was made in the poll date in Ghaziabad. According to the fresh schedule, the Nagar Nigam poll would be held in Ghaziabad on November 3 and Nagar Panchayat poll on October 31.

The SEC said candidates could contest the urban local bodies election from any city or town.

The candidate would be required to ensure that proposer of their nomination was resident of the town from where they wish to contest the election. One person could propose more than two candidates.

“Eunuch will be considered male category candidate. Their caste would be determined from the caste of their father. All category candidates could contest election on the unreserved post,” the officials said.

The SEC established a control room in its office to collect information and grievances of the people. The phone number of the control room is 2635275 and 2635743. The FAX number is 2636765.