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    Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi on Wednesday announced a number of new measures for the upcoming assembly elections in five states.

    Zaidi announced putting up of four posters at each polling station, informing the voters of locations of booths, and other Dos and Don’ts.

    The posters were a statutory requirement at all polling stations, he said.

    A voting assistance booth would also be kept at the polling stations.

    Taking note of complaints received by the Election Commission (EC) in previous elections, the CEC announced that the height of the voting compartment would also be raised to 30 inches this time.

    This was done to conceal the upper part of the body of the voters, the movement of which might giveaway the button they were pressing.

    “This measure is being taken to maintain secrecy,” Zaidi said.

    The five states going to polls this year were Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, and Manipur.

    The Election Commission of India  said that the candidates will have to submit a ‘No Demand Certificate’ from agencies providing amenities and government accommodation.

    Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said: “The candidates will be required to file a no demand certificate and this certificate will come from agencies dealing with electricity, water, telephone and also the rent certificate of the government accommodation which these candidates may have occupied in past ten years.”

    Zaidi said this at a press conference while speaking on the additional affidavit required to be filled by the candidates in the upcoming state polls, in the light of an order of the Delhi High Court.

    Any failure to file these affidavits would be a defect of substantial nature inviting scrutiny by the returning officer, he added.

     

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