EC reviews security situation with civil, police officials

  • Mulayam Singh files nomination papers from Bhartana Assembly constituency
  • Rahul Gandhi denied permission to hold public rally

    New Delhi: The Election Commission on Tuesday appointed four special observers for the first four phases of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.

    They would ensure effective coordination for free and fair elections in the State.

    Raymond Peter has been appointed to oversee elections in the first phase, N. Sivasailam the second phase, Sudhir Rakesh the third and Sathyamurthy the fourth phase, according to EC sources. The elections would be held in seven phases.

    The Commission also reviewed the security situation with senior civil and police officials from the nine States bordering U.P. and instructed them to keep a strict vigil on the movement of criminals.

    Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswamy along with Election Commissioners met the Chief Secretaries, the DGPs, Principal Home Secretaries and Home Secretaries of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Delhi, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Himachal Pradesh. The Commission gave irections to these States to take tough measures against illicit arms and bootleggers.

    "The Commission issued instructions that there should be regular coordination between all the States," an official release said.

    Separate discussions

    The Commission had a separate discussion with the Chief Secretary, the Principal Home Secretary, the DGP and other senior officials of U.P. It said neutrality on the part of field administration would be monitored and warned that officials who deviated from the EC's instructions "will be severely punished."

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh filed his nomination papers from Bhartana Assembly constituency in Etawah district on Tuesday.

    Mr. Singh was accompanied by party general secretaries Amar Singh and Ram Gopal Yadav, Mr. Mulayam Singh's son Akhilesh Yadav and party Rajya Sabha member Jaya Bachchan.

    Mr. Mulayam Singh is also contesting from Gunnaur Assembly constituency in Budaon district, which he represents in the Assembly.

    Permission denied

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's whirlwind election campaign in the State hit a road block with the Bareilly district administration refusing permission to hold a public rally on a college campus.

    Bareilly District Magistrate Bhuvnesh Kumar cited board exams as the reason for the refusal.

    "It was made clear to the organisers that once the exams begin, the public rally cannot take place and the public address system has to be switched off," Mr. Kumar said. - PTI

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