Shantmanu Promises Free, Fair Polls

‘Candidates don’t want local policemen at polling booths’

SRINAGAR (KNS) – Election Commission of India (ECI) appointed observer for legislative council elections, Shanmanu today promised free and fair polls to the LC seats to be held on Dec 3. “I assure that elections will be free and fair”, Shatmanu said.

He said that he has met with legislative council candidates of different parties to take inputs from them. “They (Candidates) suggested that local police should not be kept on duty at polling booths for smooth conduct of elections”, he added.

When asked whether any candidates have brought any complaints to his notice, he said that PDP candidates from district Baramulla had complained about a daily radio programme broadcasting the statements of Coalition government. “I’ve contacted and directed the authorities to look into the matter and correct it”, he said.

Shantmanu today visited district Pulwama and Shopian to take stock of the arrangements made by the administration for smooth conduct of elections to legislative council’s seats.

“I’ve so far visited eight districts in the Valley to take stock in view of legislative council elections. I discussed with SSP’s and DC’s about the smooth conduct of elections”, said the election observer.

He also took stock of randomization of polling stock which would be deputed in these districts.

He told KNS that security arrangements were also discussed to avoid any untoward incident. He said that on Saturday a meeting with Inspector General of Police (IGP) is being held to discuss and put due security arrangements in place.

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