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Poll panel second team in Gujarat

New Delhi, Nov. 21: A second team of poll observers from the Election Commission will reach Gujarat on Saturday to assess the situation in the state.

A full bench of the poll panel briefed the 94-member team of “general” observers this morning. The team will stay in Gujarat till November 29 and submit a report to the Election Commission on its return.

The Election Commission has asked the general observers to tour the riot-affected districts of Ahmedabad, Baroda, Panchmahal, Dohad, Banaskanta, Sabarkanta, Mehsana, Khera, Anand, Gandhinagar, Patan, Bhavnagar and Rajkot.

A team of 23 “special” observers handpicked by the poll panel is already touring the state. According to the commission’s rules, it is mandatory for observers to make two visits before any state goes to polls. The general observers will be in touch with the team of special observers, who have been asked to closely monitor the implementation of the code of conduct for the elections.

The observers will oversee preparations to set up temporary polling stations and provision will be made for postal ballot. The observers will review poll arrangements, verify polling stations and assess the situation in sensitive polling stations.

The poll observers will also deal with election expenditure — expenses incurred by political parties and individual candidates on rallies, vehicles, campaign advertisements.

All voters who shifted residence have been retained in the voters’ list, the poll panel said.

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