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Poll code of conduct come into force in M’laya
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAR 3:
Published on 4 Mar. 2009 1:19 AM IST
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The election code of conduct has into come force in Meghalaya following the announcement of Lok Sabha elections by the election commission Monday. The two Lok Sabha parliamentary constituencies in Meghalaya will go for polls in the first phase of election on April 16. Meghalaya chief electoral officer P Naik told newsmen here that Shillong and Tura Lok Sabha constituencies which were earlier general seats have been reserved for ST candidates and would be contested under the 60 delimited Assembly segments. The date of notification has been fixed on March 23, while March 30 is the last date of nomination. Scrutiny of papers would be held on March 31 and last date for withdrawal is 2 April. Counting would be held on May 16. Altogether, 7 71472 electorates would exercise their franchise for the Shillong parliamentary constituency from 36 Assembly segments. In Tura 505540 voters from 24 Assembly constituencies would cast their vote during the elections. “There would be three election observers for each Assembly segments, assisted by micro observers. Security arrangements would be made based on the ground situation before the polls,” Naik said. All polling stations would have electronic voting machines and most of the proceedings would be video recorded. The state would spend an estimated 13 crore during the elections. Meanwhile, the election commission of India has issued various instructions on observance of model code of conduct. The Commission also sought cooperation from all political parties for conducting elections in a fair and peaceful manner.

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