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Chatra: 22 candidates will contest the Lok Sabha elections

SANJAY PANDEY

Ranchi EW News: Under the chairmanship of District Election Officer and Deputy Commissioner of Chatra Ramesh Gholap, a crucial meeting was held regarding Lok Sabha General Elections 2024. The meeting focused on making all candidates aware of important aspects related to the elections and the relocation of polling centers.

During the meeting, it was informed that a total of 31 candidates had submitted their nomination papers during the nomination process. However, due to discrepancies found in the nomination papers of 8 candidates during scrutiny on 04.05.2024, their nominations were rejected. One independent candidate, Jay Prakash Singh Bhogta, son of Mahendra Singh Bhogta, from Tilaiya village, post-Dwari, Thana-Giddhour, district Chattarpur withdrew his nomination on 06.05.2024. The remaining 22 candidates will contest the Lok Sabha elections.

All candidates were reminded to strictly adhere to the rules of the Election Commission. It was also mentioned that a booklet containing guidelines related to the election process has been provided to all candidates, encompassing all the rules laid down by the Election Commission.

District administration instructed all candidates to assist in opening new bank accounts. Additionally, it was announced that the reconciliation of ledger accounts will be done before the expenditure observers on three dates: 09.05.2024, 14.05.2024, and 18.05.2024.Regarding campaign activities such as organizing meetings, rallies, etc., it was advised to apply online through the Suvidha App 48 hours before the event.

Special arrangements were made for elderly voters above 85 years and differently-abled voters above 40%, who will be provided with home voting facilities. Door-to-door visits were conducted by booth-level officers to facilitate Form-12 filling for home voting. Home voting will take place in two phases, from 09th to 14th May for the first phase and from 16th to 17th May for the second phase.

For voters who cannot reach polling stations, postal ballots will be facilitated on various dates. Dispatch, receipt, and counting of votes will be conducted at Chatra College.

A total of 19 vulnerable booths were identified to ensure fearless and fair voting. It was emphasized that any attempt to intimidate voters will not be tolerated.

Candidates’ Allocated Symbols:
Recognized National and State Political Parties’ Candidates:

Kali Charan Singh, Bharatiya Janata Party – Lotus
Krishnanand Tripathi, Indian National Congress – Hand
Nagmani, Bahujan Samaj Party – Elephant
Members of Registered Political Parties (Apart from Recognized National and State Political Parties):
Arjun Kumar, Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) – Sickles and Star
Karmalal Uraon, People’s Party of India (Democratic) – Basket with Fruits
Kamdev Diho Rana, National People’s Party – Auto-rickshaw
Darshan Ganju, Jharkhand Party – Bat
Duleshwar Saw, Bharatiya Janata Kisan Party – Gift
Vimal Lakhra, Bahujan Mukti Party – Chair
Love Kumar Pandit, Partnership Party (P) – Football
Sanjay Kumar Snehi, Lokhit Adhikar Party – Apple
Sumit Kumar Yadav, Samata Party – Battery Torch

Other Independent Candidates:

Mohd Abujar Khan – Bullock Cart
Dr. Abhishek Kumar Singh – Bucket
Amit Kumar Singh – Gas Cylinder
Arjun Prajapati – Air Conditioner
Chandan Kumar – Almirah
Deepak Kumar Gupta – Scissors
Yogesh Kumar Singh – Diamond
Vikrant Kumar Singh – Baby Walker
Shriram Singh – Earthen Pot

The meeting was attended by various officials including General Observer Nikhil Nirmal, Expenditure Observer Saikat Basu, Police Observer Gopesh Agrawal, Deputy Development Commissioner Pawan Kumar Mandal, and Sub Divisional Officers from Chatra, Simaria, Panki, along with other officials and workers. Candidates themselves or their representatives were also present.

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