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BANGALORE: Political parties in the State have told the Election Commission to strictly enforce the model code of conduct during the run up to the three-phase Legislative Assembly elections to be held on May 10, 16 and 22.

The Congress has appealed to the Commission to allow the government to execute ongoing development projects in the State till an elected government was in place.

Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami, Election Commissioners S.Y. Quraishi and Navin Chawla held a two-hour meeting with leaders of the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Janata Dal (S) (JD-S), Communist Party of India (CPI) and Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), and heard their views .

Later, the commission held a meeting with Deputy Commissioners and top officials of various departments. Chief Electoral Officer M. N. Vidyashankar was present.

Appeal to EC

Congress leader and former Minister R.V. Deshpande told presspersons after the meeting that the party had appealed to the Commission to allow the Government to execute ongoing development projects in villages, towns and cities till the completion of election process.

The BJP delegation too met the Commission.

It urged it to supply error-free electronic voting machines.

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