Monday, March 23, 2009

Polling to end one hour early in naxal-hit areas in Orissa

Published: March 23,2009


Bhubaneswar , Mar 23 The Election Commission today decided to reduce by an hour the duration of polling in 19 assembly constituencies in naxal-hit areas in Orissa which will go to polls in first phase on April 16.

While polling would be held from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM in 51 assembly segments on April 16, the timing for 19 other seats under Nawarangpur, Koraput, Berhampur and Kandhamal Lok Sabha constituencies would be from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM, official sources said.

Though the EC did not mention the reason behind the change in poll schedule for 19 assembly seats, officials said that the areas were naxalite affected.

Polling for all the 14 assembly constituencies under Koraput and Nawarangpur Lok Sabha constituencies would be held from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Five other assembly segments fell under Berhampur and Kandhamal Lok Sabha constituencies.

Meanwhile, the process of filing nominations for 10 Lok Sabha and 70 assembly seats in the state was set in motion today with the issuing of notification for the first phase of polls on April 16.







Source: PTI

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