Goa gets all-woman team of observers
New Delhi: For the first time in the history of elections in India,an all-woman team of general observers has been assigned the task of conducting free and fair polls in Goa. While finalising poll schedules for five states,the Election Commission has posted 20 election observers in Goa,all of whom are women. The decision comes in the wake of complaints the EC received in the past over the conduct of male bureaucrats who were alleged to have indulged in improper behaviour while on election duty in the state.
279 candidates in Manipur elections
Imphal: Two hundred and seventy nine candidates are in the fray for the January 28 Manipur Assembly polls after scrutiny and withdrawal of papers by contestants,election officials said on Sunday. The main parties who have put up candidates are Congress (60),Trinamool Congress (48),Manipur State Congress Party (31),CPI (24),NCP (22),BJP (19) and Manipur Peoples Party (14),among others.
Cong not to project any CM candidate
Dehradun: The Congress on Sunday said that it would not project any chief ministerial candidate in Uttarakhand,a day after BJP projected B C Khanduri for the post ahead of the January 30 Assembly polls. Congress spokesperson Surendra Kumar said that the party had no tradition of declaring a CM candidate prior to polls,The leader will be declared after taking opinion of elected MLAs, he said.
NGO wants child rights in manifesto
Imphal: Child Rights and You (CRY) on Sunday appealed to political parties in Manipur to include the issue of protection of underprivileged children in their election manifesto. Talking to mediapersons here,CRY spokespersons Avik Bhattacharya and its senior manager Asim Ghosh said that the CRY has urged all politicians to work for the welfare of underprivileged children in the state.