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SEC takes strong measures

WITH A day left for the Block Pramukh poll, the State Election Commission (SEC) on Saturday took some strong measures to ensure free and fair poll. The SEC directed all the district magistrates and returning officers to shift the assistant returning officers to another blocks, after the filing and withdrawal of nominations were over.

india Updated: Feb 26, 2006 01:45 IST

WITH A day left for the Block Pramukh poll, the State Election Commission (SEC) on Saturday took some strong measures to ensure free and fair poll.

The SEC directed all the district magistrates and returning officers to shift the assistant returning officers to another blocks, after the filing and withdrawal of nominations were over.

Talking to media persons, additional election commissioner Vinay Priya Dubey said candidates would not be allowed to appoint election agent. He said only the candidates would be allowed to be present at the place of counting.

Regarding the counting he said, “Initially, the counting of ballots for Block Pramukh’s post will be held. Then the ballots polled for senior deputy Pramukh and junior deputy pramukh will be counted. Only one person, either the one who has proposed or the other who seconded the nomination of the candidate, will be allowed inside the room where the counting will be held,” Dubey said.

“After the counting of ballots, both district magistrates and observer deputed by the SEC will announce the result,” he said.

“The returning officers were directed to ensure secret polling at the booths and action will be taken against those who will flout the rules,” Dubey said.

He further said only the family members would be allowed to assist the Kshetra Panchayat members in casting the vote. “If the family members are illiterate, the observers would help them cast vote. Assistant returning officer was directed to train the illiterate voters,” he said.

The SEC said that the returning officers would announce the results of the unopposed candidates, only after getting green signal from the Commission.

Meanwhile, in a press release, the SP claimed that 105 Block Pramukh candidates supported by the party were elected unopposed.

First Published: Feb 26, 2006 01:45 IST