In view of the General Elections to Lok Sabha 2019, nominations of 63 candidates have been cancelled from 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana. Apart from this, three candidates have so far withdrawn their nominations.

Chandigarh, April 24 – In view of the General Elections to Lok Sabha 2019, nominations of 63 candidates have been cancelled from 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana. Apart from this, three candidates have so far withdrawn their nominations. After scrutiny of nomination papers, there are 240 candidates in the Lok Sabha elections.

While stating this here today, Joint Chief Electoral Officer, Haryana, Dr. Inder Jeet said that till last day of filing nomination, 303 candidates had filed their nominations. On April 24, after scrutiny of nomination papers, the nominations of 63 candidates have been cancelled.

He said that nominations of five candidates each have been cancelled from Ambala and Kurukshetra Lok Sabha constituencies and nominations of seven candidates each have been cancelled from Sonepat, Bhiwani-Mahendragarh and Gurugram Lok Sabha constituencies. Apart from this, nomination of one candidate from Sirsa, 18 from Hisar, 10 from Karnal and three from Faridabad have been cancelled. He said that one candidate from Rohtak Lok Sabha constituency and two candidates from Gurugram have withdrawn their nominations.

Dr. Inder Jeet said that now 18 candidates are remaining from Ambala Lok Sabha constituency, 25 from Kurukshetra, 21 from Sirsa, 28 from Hisar, 21 from Karnal, 29 from Sonepat, 22 from Rohtak, 22 from Bhiwani-Mahendragarh, 27 from Gurugram and 27 from Faridabad.

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Mr Raghav Chandra, IAS (Retd.), appointed as Special Observer by Election Commission of India for Haryana

Chandigarh April 24: Mr Raghav Chandra, IAS (Retd.), appointed as Special Observer by Election Commission of India for Haryana and Punjab for the General Election to Lok Sabha 2019 held a meeting with Chief Electoral Officer, Haryana Mr Rajeev Ranjan and other Nodal Officers here today and reviewed the preparedness for the elections.

Mr Rajeev Ranjan informed that there are 1,79,49,639 voters in Haryana. He said that 19,425 polling stations have been set up at 10,288 different polling locations in the state.

He said that total 90 “Sakhi Matdan Kendra” and equal number of “Adarsh Matdan Kendra” have been set up in the state. He said that 26,646 Police Personnel, 14,025 Home Guard and 65 companies of Central Armed Police Force would be deputed during the elections in the state.

Mr. Ranjan said that with a view to maintain proper law and order situation in the state, 99,123 licensed arms have so far been got deposited from the arms holders in different police stations in the state. Apart from this, barricading has been made at 361 locations throughout the state and 390 static surveillance teams, 454 flying squads, 119 video viewing teams, 181 video surveillance teams, 127 assistant expenditure observer and 123 accounting teams have been constituted.

He said that 2,915 complaints of violation of Model Code of Conduct have so far been received on the National Grievances Redressal System out of which 77 complaints are pending. Similarly, 2,013 complaints have so far been received on c-VIGIL app out of which only one complaint is pending. Complaints are also been received on voter helpline toll free No.1950, he added.

Mr Ranjan further said that liquor and cash worth of Rs 13, 62,43,987 has so far been seized by Haryana Police, Excise and Income Tax Departments. He said that Excise Department and Haryana Police has confiscated total 2, 81,532 liters of liquor costing Rs 4, 72,19,583. The police has also seized intoxicants costing Rs 5,04,70,489 and gold ornaments and other valuable items of Rs 1,12,93,040.

He said that 23,080 control units, 44,475 ballot units and 24,682 VVPAT Machines would be used during the General Elections to Lok Sabha in the state.

Special Observer Mr Raghav Chandra, IAS (Retd.), said that elaborate security arrangements should be made on the borders of adjoining states so as to keep a strict vigil on the movement of liquor and arms. Apart from this, all security arrangements should be made on the sensitive and highly sensitive polling stations in the State. He said that proper publicity of do’s and don’ts to be followed by the contesting candidates during the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) should also be made so as to prevent the violation of MCC. Apart from this special attention should be given in case the export of liquor from distillery is made outside Haryana so as to keep a check on any type of illegal transportation of liquor.

Among those present in the meeting included Mr R .K Yadav, IGP, CRPF, Dr Hanif Qureshi Inspector General of Police (Law and Order), Joint Chief Electoral Officer Dr Inder Jeet and Apoorva Kumar, Mrs Geeta Bharti, IAS appointed in the office of Chief Electoral Officer for assistance during elections, Mr Nikhil Gajraj and Nodal Officers.