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Indian observer team to visit Palestine for polls

The Palestinian Legislative Council pollls are being held after a gap of nine years.

india Updated: Jan 18, 2006 12:22 IST

India is sending a high-level election observers team for the Palestinian Legislative Council elections, which are being held after a gap of nine years, Palestinian election commission sources said on Wednesday.

The six-member team led by Deputy Election Commissioner of India, Anand Kumar, includes KR Prasad, senior official, Deepak Prasad and KV Kurundkar, Additional electoral officers from Bihar and Maharashtra respectively, senior civil servant, Hoshiar Singh from Madhya Pradesh, and D Satya Murty from Karnataka, they said.

"We welcome the involvement of the world's largest democracy in pushing forward our own efforts in this direction", a spokesperson of the Palestinian Election Commission said.

The elections have generated immense interest around the world with more than 500 international observers expected in the region.

Election commission sources expressed hopes of a large turnout like in the recently concluded local council elections with almost all the major Palestinian factions participating in the much awaited polls.

Islamic militant faction Hamas is said to be running neck-to-neck with the ruling Fatah party in the opinion polls and is said to be heading towards achieving major political gains.

First Published: Jan 18, 2006 12:22 IST