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Iraqi poll officials meet Chief Election Commissioner

A nine-member team of Iraqs Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), headed by its Commissioner Faraj Mirza Latif Al-Haydari, met Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami in New Delhi on Wednesday evening.

New Delhi, May 31 : A nine-member team of Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), headed by its Commissioner Faraj Mirza Latif Al-Haydari, met Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami in New Delhi on Wednesday evening.

"India has got more than 50 years of continuous elections. The country's elections are recognised internationally. The Election Commission is very strong in India. India is known internationally as a good democratic country," said Al-Haydari after his meeting with Gopalaswami.

"We have already learnt a lot in the last two-three hours in the meeting. We have learnt a lot from the Election Commission," Al-Haydari added.

The IHEC team will monitor the June 2 Assembly polls in Goa.

Chief Minister Pratapsingh Rane, Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Wilfred de Souza and the leader of the opposition Manohar Parrikar are among the 202 candidates who are in the fray for the election.

The BJP has fielded 33 candidates, the Indian National Congress 32, Nationalist Congress Party 6, Communist Party of India 3, Communist Party of India (Marxist) 1, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak 26, Janata Dal (Secular) 12, United Goans Democratic Party 11, Shiv Sena 7, Save Goa Front 17, Republican Party of India (A) 4, Goa Su-Raj Party 1 and 49 Independent candidates are also in the fray.Counting of votes will take place on June 5.The visit, which will conclude on June 8, has been organised by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) and the UN Department of Political Affairs.

The Indian Government and the Election Commission had invited Iraq's Electoral Commission for a training programme.

The IHEC was set up in 2004 by Iraq's transitional government.

ANI

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