Reyaz Rashid

A R Shaheen withdraws nomination, 9 candidates in fray for LS B’la constituency

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Baramulla, March 28: Returning Officer (RO) for Baramulla Parliamentary Constituency, Dr G N Itoo, on Thursday informed that 9 candidates for the constituency are in fray for upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019, the polling of which has been scheduled in Phase first on April 11.

It is pertinent to mention that as many as 14 candidates have filled their nomination papers wherein 4 nominations were rejected during their scrutiny. One candidate namely Abdul Rasheed Shaheen (Independent) withdrew his nomination, the last date for which was fixed on March 28.

Dr Itoo said that all necessary arrangements which include security and other requisite arrangements have been made for the smooth, free and fair conduct of the elections.

Meanwhile, the contesting candidates were allotted the election symbols by the Returning Officer in presence of General election observer Dr P Shakeel Ahmad. Representatives of various political parties were present on the occasion.

Speaking at the event, Dr Itoo urged upon all the political parties to follow the guidelines envisaged in Model Code of Conduct (MCC) in letter and spirit. He emphasized upon them to approach Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) established in the office of district Information Officer Baramulla to get the certification of political advertisements in print and electronic media outlets.

Later, 2nd phase of randomization of polling staff was held under the supervision of District Election Officer in presence of the Observer. The DEO directed the officers/officials associated with the election to work with utmost dedication and sincerity for successful completion of polls. He assured that all necessary arrangements for the polling staff shall be made for the convenient conduct of polls.

Sources said AR Shaheen withdraws to support his old party friend Akbar Lone.

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