Bhopal, Nov 6 : Four days into the filing of nomination papers that began with the issuing of notification on November 2 for the Madhya Pradesh assembly elections, a total of 76 candidates have submitted nomination papers thus far.
“Of them, 63 candidates have submitted affidavits in prescribed format – containing details of pending criminal cases if any – and the same could be viewed on the website ceomadhyapradesh.nic.in,” State Chief Electoral Officer VL Kantha Rao told media here.
“The Election Commission of India has appointed observers for 230 assembly segments. These include 198 general observers (from November 9 to 11), 53 police observes (from November 9 to 28), 127 expenditure observes and two accessibility observes,” he said.
Mr Rao said that expenditure observers are already present in allotted assembly constituencies. On the other hand, general observers and police observers would reach designated constituencies prior to the last date (November 9). A tour programme would be made for accessibility observers in accordance to directives.
Mentioning that recognised and registered political parties are permitted to present a list of 40 and 20 star campaigners, he said that so far 13 political parties have submitted their lists. The last date for submitting the list is November 9.
Mr Rao said that 650 companies of Central Armed Police Force would be deployed to ensure free, fair and peaceful polling. A provision for webcasting or CCTV (close circuit television) footage would be made at 20 per cent – nearly 14,000 – polling centres.
He said that the task of distribution of voters' identity card has been completed in toto. Thus, it is mandatory to carry voters' ID for exercising franchise. A voter needs to produce alternative photo ID if he fails to present photo voters' ID. (UNI)