ECI team to visit Goa to check poll readiness


Goa: Assembly elections, officials of the Election Commission of India (ECI) will arrive in Goa on September 14 to check on the poll preparedness. A three-member team, led by Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha, will be in the State, and interact with office bearers of political parties and officers of the Chief Electoral Office. 

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The deputy commissioner will be accompanied by the Chief Electoral Officers (CEO) of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.  During his visit, Sinha is expected to collect information regarding number of voters registered¸ voters having foreign nationality, number of pending Central and State holidays and other related information. 

As per the current final voters list published by the CEO, 10,84,271 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the elections.  The CEO has identified nearly 27,000 persons holding dual citizenship for deletion from the list, as the concept of dual citizenship does not exist in the country.

The State BJP government is not in favour of early elections and wants to complete its five year term, which will end in early March, next year. Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has already put forth this demand before the national leadership. Along with Goa, four other States would be going to the polls next year.

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