After withdrawal, 8 in fray for Himachal by-poll

Shimla: With two nominations withdrawn, on the last day of withdrawal, there are now 8 candidates left in the fray for the bye-elections being held in Rohru and Jawali assembly constituencies.

Anil Khachi, chief electoral officer informed that Shurveer Singh (Rashtrawadi Sena) and Mathu Ram Bushehari (Independent) who filed their nominations in Rohru, today withdrew their nominations.

The final candidate list drawn up for Rohru is Khushi Ram of BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party), Manjit Singh from Congress, Kewal Ram Negi (Independent) and Bihari Lal (Independent).

In Jawali BJP has fielded Baldev Raj, congress relies on old guard Sujan Singh Pathania and there are two independentsi Ashok Kumar Somal and Madan Sharma.

Khachi said that polling would be held on 7th November, 2009 and counting would be done on 10th November, 2009.

Instructions issued by Election Commission of India mandate that all the candidates and political parties keep correct account of all expenditure incurred by them or by the authorized election agents.

The Chief Electoral Officer said that according to the instructions issued by Election Commission of India, there would be total ban on use of official vehicles for any purpose connected with the elections by any political party, the candidate or any other person connected with election in order to ensure peaceful, free and fair election.

Khachi informed that all Central or State Ministers shall not combine, in any manner, their official tours with election work after the announcement of the bye-elections. He further said that they shall return to their headquarters on completion of their official tours.

All visits to the districts where bye elections were being held and where model code of conduct was in force, has to be completely private in nature and such private visits should begin and end at the ministers headquarters, he added.

CEO said that as per the instructions of Election Commission of India no pilot cars or cars with beacon lights of any colour or car affixed with sirens of any kind making his presence conspicuous shall be used by any minister during his electioneering visit even if the state administration has granted him a security cover requiring presence of armed personal to accompany him on such visits.

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