EC team visits Punjab to see assembly poll preparedness
Ludhiana, Nov 12 (PTI) Ahead of Assembly polls in Punjab, a team of Election Commission, led by Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi, today visited the state and expressed satisfaction over the poll preparations. "I am more than satisfied with the arrangements for the Assembly elections," Quraishi said. However, Quraishi declined to give details of the poll schedule. "The election process will be completed by March 13, 2012," he said to repeated queries related to holding of the elections and implementation of the model code of conduct in the state. "Almost 100 per cent of the voters (who have enrolled so far) have got the Photo Identity Cards. Those remaining would be covered before the polls process gets underway," he said. Quarishi was accompanied by Election Commissioner B S Sampath and Director General of ECI Akshay Raut. Senior officers of the Election Commission of India and those of the Election Department of Punjab, including Chief Electoral Officer Kusumjit Sidhu, were among those present during the day-long holding meetings and consultations by the team. Besides meeting representatives of various political parties, including ruling SAD-BJP alliance, opposition Congress, BSP, CPI and CPM, he also reviewed the poll arrangements with civil and police officers. Quraishi said EC has asked the Deputy Commissioner of Moga to keep a watch on the activities of P S Gill who resigned as state's DGP recently. "The direction has been issued following complaints of misuse of his official position during his tenure of DGP," Quraishi said adding the Deputy Commissioner has also been asked to send reports to the EC.