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No worries about Kashmir polls, says EC

By Mukhtar Ahmad In Srinagar
November 12, 2008 21:39 IST
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Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswami on Wednesday said that polls in Jammu and Kashmir would be free and fair while participation in them should be the worry for the contesting parties.

Asking voters to come out fearlessly to exercise their franchise, the CEC told a news conference this evening that no political party had any "complaint on the ground situation in the state".

Responding to the reporters query about the security forces "encouraging" voters to come out on the poll day, the CEC said that "security forces won't interfere in the poll process."

"The polls will be free and fair."

Gopalaswami said the poll percentage should be a worry for the political parties. "Our worry is the weather in Kashmir."



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Mukhtar Ahmad In Srinagar