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Consider allowing alternative identity proof: CPI(M) to EC

kolkata Updated: Mar 20, 2009 00:00 IST

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The CPI(M) on Thursday urged the Election Commission to allow alternative documents for identity proof during the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

"We have requested the Election Commission to ensure that voters are allowed to vote on production of alternative documents approved by the EC," CPI(M) state committee member Madan Ghosh said after a meeting with a EC team in Kolkata.

A three-member CPI(M) team also urged that the Commission reconsider its directive to political parties not to use grounds of educational institutions for campaigning.

"As there is very little open grounds left we have requested the Election Commission to allow use of educational institutions' grounds after the classes," Robin Deb, a member of the team, said.

During the meeting, EC's notice has been drawn to the violence that resulted in the death of nine party leaders.

"We have brought into the notice of EC that opposition parties, Maoists, separatists and fundamentalists are resorting to violence which led to the killing of nine of our leaders," Ghosh said.

The team also asked the EC to monitor all parliamentary constituencies after the last date of withdrawal of nominations since "large-scale bribery might take place in various forms in the elections".