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Electoral Reforms: Poll panel calls all-party meet on Oct 4

Sunday, September 26, 2010 02:23:00 PM, IANS

New Delhi: The Election Commission has called an all-party meeting Oct 4 to discuss various electoral issues, including the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and the pernicious role of money power during polls, an official said Sunday.

According to the official, the poll panel has invited the leaders of all political parties, including state and regional leaders.

“The meeting is on Oct 4. It will take up various electoral issues. Criminalisation of politics, the use of money power during elections and also use of EVMs,” the official told IANS.

The month-long Bihar elections will also be discussed, the official added. Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi had said he would be soon be calling an all-party meeting to discuss all poll-related issues when he had announced the Bihar elections Sep 6.

Bihar will elect a new 243-member assembly during staggered polling that begins Oct 21 and ends Nov 20. The counting will be on Nov 24.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Picture of the Day

Due to the threats of riot and terror attacks, the festive season in India nowadays results in sleepless nights for the security personnel. Against this backdrop, the show of communal harmony in Malegaon by Ajantha Mandal cannot be more timely. The Mandal in a large hoarding portrays the real picture of the Muslim dominated textile town in North Maharashtra. It shows, Malegaon is where Azan in a Masjid and Shunkh in a Mandir go simultaneously. To further make its point, the Mandal plays communal harmony songs on a cassette-player in its full sound.

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