Counting of votes on Dec 8: EC

The Delhi Assembly election will be held on December 4,the Election Commission of India announced on Friday.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:October 5, 2013 1:12 am

The Delhi Assembly election will be held on December 4,the Election Commission of India announced on Friday. While the model code of conduct has come into force with immediate effect,the gazette notification will be issued on November 9,the day when candidates begin filing their nominations.

Delhi chief electoral officer Vijay Dev said the last date for filing nominations will be November 16 and all nominations will be scrutinised till November 18. Last date for withdrawal of nominations will be November 20.

“The counting of votes will be done on December 8 and the entire electoral process will be over by December 11,” Dev said.

To implement the model code of conduct in the strictest manner,the Delhi election office has deputed three flying squads in each of the 70 Assembly constituencies. Each flying squad will have one senior executive magistrate,one upper subordinate of police,a team of armed personnel and videographers.

An “impartial oversight” will also be maintained in each Assembly constituency by the Election Commission of India (ECI). The ECI team will consist of a general observer for overall supervision and an expenditure observer to oversee all expenditure related issues. For the first time,however,the ECI has also introduced awareness observers in each constituency,who will ensure that voters are sufficiently aware and facilitated. This is expected to have a direct impact on voter turnout.

“The model code has come into force with immediate effect,” Dev said.

The CEO also made an appeal to all citizens against carrying huge amounts of cash till the model code of conduct is in force. “As far as possible we want to ensure there is no harassment of the common man. Checking would largely be intelligence-based and any person carrying over Rs 50,000 can be detained till it is established that the cash was meant to affect the electoral process in any way. Criminal action will be taken against anyone found guilty,” Dev said.

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