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EC Asks Poll-bound States to Enforce Code of ConductThe Election Commission has reportedly sent letter to the Cabinet Secretary and the chief secretaries of the poll-bound states of Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Goa and Manipur asking them to adhere to the poll code of conduct strictly which is likely to be announced officially anytime now. With this, the EC has indicated that it plans to conduct simultaneous elections in all these five states. The provisions to be followed include prevention of defacement of property, misuse of public space and official vehicles. The EC asked the authorities to remove political advertisements from public property within 48 hours and from private property in 72 hours after announcement of the poll dates.2016-12-29 12:02:15 PM
Voter Turnout 80% in Gujarat Gram Panchayat Polls
The Gujarat State Election Commission said in a press release that the voter turnout registered in the state panchayat polls held yesterday was 80.12 per cent. Polling was held to elect members and sarpanchs in 8,624 Gram panchayats across the state. Voting was largely peaceful barring a few small incidents. Counting votes will be held tomorrow. According to the datat shared by the SEC, the tribal district of Narmada recorded the highest turnout of 87.45 per cent while Bhavnagar recorded the lowest with 70.47 per cent. Around 1.20 lakh candidates were in the fray for 53,116 wards across the state, whereas 26,800 candidates contested on 8,527 seats of Sarpanch. Total number of registered voters for the polls stood at over 1.65 crore including 79.6 lakh women. A re-election is being held today on six different seats because of some procedural irregularities and misprints of some ballot papers during the polling yesterday.2016-12-29 12:01:31 PM
AIADMK Rebel MP Sasikala Pushpa's Husband Arrested
AIADMK rebel MP Sasikala Pushpa's husband was arrested by the Tamil Nadu Police a day after the ruckus outside the party's office in Chennai in which Sasikala Pushpa's lawyers were attacked by party workers. The arrest comes on a day when the party is set to announce the successor of former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa who passed away on 5 December this year. According to the new Election Commission rules, the general secretary of the party has to be elected before December 31.2016-12-29 12:00:50 PM
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