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Special booths for Muslims

Special polling stations will be used in parliamentary elections for Muslim voters uprooted during the communal carnage of 2002.
PTI | By Indo-Asian News Service, Ahmedabad
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2004 07:52 PM IST

Special polling stations will be used in the parliamentary election for Muslim voters uprooted during the communal carnage of 2002, an election commissioner announced here Monday.

Similar arrangements were made during the 2002 assembly elections too, since the community was afraid of returning to the areas of their residence.

"We will not make any changes in the special arrangements made in several regions of the state during the December 2002 assembly elections. All the polling stations would be maintained," said Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami.

The election commissioner was heading a team on a daylong visit of the state to review election preparations.

"Though the (law and order) situation has improved, we have decided to continue the same arrangement for the upcoming elections," he told journalists.

The team met representatives of political parties, district collectors and the state's chief secretary during the visit.

"We are satisfied with the preparations as of now," Gopalaswami said.

He said while all political parties had expressed their satisfaction with revision of electoral rolls and arrangements of polling stations, some had complained about allegedly derogatory language being used in election campaigns.

"With reference to the use of improper language, I need not say anything as the Supreme Court has today (Monday) issued directives to the election commission. We will take up the complaints within that framework in the coming days," he said.

While he refused to divulge details of the sensitive booths in the state, he said the matter was under review.

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