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Spl Observer for Rae Bareli

Priyanka Gandhi's complaint has led EC to appoint additional Special observer in Rae Bareli as well as videography of sensitive areas.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2004 10:41 AM IST

Soon after Priyanka Gandhi approached the Election Commission apprehending trouble from criminal elements in Rae Bareli from where her mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi contesting the Lok Sabha polls, the poll panel decided to depute an additional Special Observer there.

The Commission also ordered videography of polling stations in sensitive areas following Priyanka's complaint, EC sources said.

Earlier, she met Chief Election Commissioner TS Krishnamurthy and Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami and submitted a memorandum alleging the presence of criminal elements in the constituency and expressing fear of rigging.

The Commission which met soon after decided to take cognisance of her complaint and decided to take the additional measures in view of Rae Bareli being a key constituency.

Emerging from the brief meeting with the poll panel, Priyanka told reporters that she had also submitted a list of the sensitive booths in Rae Bareli, where elections would be held on April 26.

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