September 2002 News

Lyngdoh satisfied with first phase of J&K polls

20 September 2002
The Hindu

SRINAGAR: The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), J.M. Lyngdoh, who concluded his two-day visit to the Valley, today said that the first phase of elections was better than in any other part of the country. After reviewing the polling and security arrangements for the second phase of elections in Srinagar and Budgam districts, he told reporters that he was satisfied with the conduct of the first phase. There were no lapses. What needed to be done for the rest of the phases was routine. Mr. Lyngdoh ,who was here along with the Election Commissioners, B.B. Tandon and T.S. Krishnamurthy, said: ''If there have been some loopholes somewhere in the first phase, we will rectify and try not to repeat them in the rest of the phases''. Denying that there was any coercion of people to vote, the CEC said: ''The Army is providing security to voters to instil confidence.'' ''They (people) are not complaining of coercion and they need an excuse if they are questioned by militants for voting,'' he said. Mr. Lyngdoh reviewed the arrangements for the second and third phases in Kashmir. This is the second visit of the Commission since the elections were announced on August 2.


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