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14 Nepal officials to witness polls in Bengal April 30

Posted on Apr 12 2014 | IANS

Kolkata, April 12 : As many as 14 senior officials from Nepal's election management body will witness polling in specific areas of West Bengal April 30, an Election Commission official said Saturday.

This visit is part of South-South Cooperation initiative of the Election Commission of India (ECI) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the area of election management.

"The delegates from Nepal will arrive in the state April 29 and will witness polling April 30. They will select a specific area where polls are scheduled on that day.

"They will go around that area and see for themselves the entire process. Prior to that, they will also meet with us and discuss the preparations of the polls in the districts," chief electoral officer Sunil Gupta told reporters here.

April 30 will see nine Lok Sabha seats - Howrah, Uluberia, Sreerampur, Hooghly, Arambagh, Bardhaman Purba, Bardhaman Durgapur, Bolpur and Birbhum - go to the hustings in the third phase of polls in the state.

The Nepali officials will arrive April 28 and meet senior officials at ECI.

Teams from a total of 22 other countries will visit Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh.

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