AGP urges CEC to hold Assam polls in four phases
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 02, 2011, 21:10
  
Guwahati: The opposition Asom Gana Parishad today urged the Chief Election Commissioner to hold the forthcoming assembly polls in the state in four phases in view of the alleged deteriorating law and order situation. AGP President Chandra Mohan Patowary said in a presentation before CEC S Y Qureshi that elections in the state should be held in four phases with adequate deployment of security forces in view of the law and order situation coupled with militant activities and ethnic clashes.

The AGP also demanded the abolition of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) as it has failed on several occasions before and urged that the forthcoming polls be held through ballot paper.

Patowary urged the CEC to hold the elections before Rongali Bihu festival beginning on April 13 as the people would be involved in the festivities and the rainy season starts in the state by mid-April.

''Open display of both licensed and unlicensed firearms are common in the state under the present regime and we strongly demand that all such firearms should be seized immediately to hold free and fair elections in the state'', Patowary alleged.

The party President also demanded a thorough scrutiny of officials in key positions in both civil and police administration in different districts with partisan attitude towards the ruling party.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, February 02, 2011, 21:10


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