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UP polls electoral process begins on Tuesday

The seven-phased assembly polls in the key state would be held on April 7, 13, 18, 23, 28, May 3 and 8 for the 403 member House.

india Updated: Mar 12, 2007 16:49 IST

The electoral process for the assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh will be set in motion on Tuesday as the state governor would issue the notification for the first phase of elections in the key state.

With the issue of notification for the first phase of polling in 62 assembly constituencies on April 7, the process of filing of nominations would begin from Tuesday.

The seven-phased assembly polls in the key state would be held on April 7, 13, 18, 23, 28, May 3 and 8 for the 403 member House.

The Election Commission has made unprecedented arrangements for the month-long exercise in the backdrop of apprehensions by several political parties that free and fair polls would not be possible under the present dispensation.

The Commission has already directed the state authorities to furnish a list of persons who have been provided with security cover along with criminal cases pending against them.

The poll panel has also barred ministers, MPs and MLAs enjoying security cover from being appointed as polling and counting agents of candidates as part of efforts to ensure a violence-free polls in the Hindi heartland.

The Commission said that the Central paramilitary forces and State Armed Police drawn from other states would be deployed for safeguarding the polling stations and for providing security to the electors and polling personnel at all polling stations on poll day.

Chief Election commissioner N Gopalaswamy, who reviewed the poll preparations in Kanpur, Chitrakoot and Jhansi Divisions, last week said the polls would be held on the "pattern of Bihar and West Bengal" polls and any attempt to disturb the poll process would not be tolerated.