EC for effective supervision to remove any apprehensions

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Nov 2018 11:09:24


Staff Reporter,


Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat directed the state election machinery to carry out effective supervision and vigilance so that the apprehensions can be removed from the mind of political parties and a trust develops among the voters that they can participate in election process.
The full Election Commission which was touring poll bound Chhattisgarh, also directed to ensure strict compliance of Model Code of Election Conduct and to carry out impartial action against any complaint regarding its violation.

The full Election Commission comprising of Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat, Election Commissioner duos Sunil Arora and Ashok Lavasa, Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha, Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain and other senior officials were on a two day visit to Chhattisgarh. During the visit they reviewed the preparations for Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh and held meetings with representatives of different political parties, Divisional Commissioners, Range IGs, Collectors, Superintendents of Police and officials engaged in electioneering.

Later addressing mediapersons at a press conference, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) O P Rawat said that the Commission has taken serious cognizance of the recent spurt in Naxal violence in Bijapur and Dantewada. He said that discussions were held with the administrative and police officials in this direction and they have been asked to ensure peace and security of the voters so that they can come out and exercise their franchise without any fear. Tthe meeting also discussed several other fine points regarding the Left Wing Extremism and directives were issued accordingly, but these matters cannot be divulged in public. He further added that Central Armed Police Force are being used in these elections for ensuring confidence building measures so that people can fearless participate in the process.

The CEC while commenting on actions regarding complaints received regarding Collectors, said that the political party which had complained was misinformed. On the contrary it was found during enquiry that all Collectors were executing their duties effectively and enthusiastically. However the issue regarding sharing of telephone numbers has being looked into and the concerned official has been directed accordingly comply with the electoral norms. He also refused to relax voters particularly in LWE affected regions, from finger marking with indelible ink. He said that if this relaxation is given, there might be heavy influx of fake voting. He also informed that candidates having criminal antecedents will have to bear the cost of advertising in newspapers and television regarding publication of his criminal records.
The CEC said that for the first time Accessibility Observers have been appointed by Election Commission and they‘re working accordingly. He informed that of the 90 Assembly segments, 51 are general while 10 segments are reserved for Scheduled Caste and 29 for Scheduled Tribes. As per the final electoral rolls, total 1,85,59,936 voters including 92,95,301 male, 92,49,459 female and 1,059 third gender voters will be exercising their franchise. Also there are 14,177 service voters in the state. There are 19545 polling centers having 23,678 polling booths with 46 supporting polling booths.
The CEC further informed that 1,039 illegal arms have been confiscated till date while 10,870 arms have been deposited in various police stations. He informed that during vehicle checking Rs 24,98,08,757 have been seized till date. He also informed that the police have been active and in order to maintain law and order has enforced all necessary measures. He also informed that till date 44,706.7 liters of illicit liquor have been seized while drugs and narcotics worth Rs 1,76,000 (22.16Kg) have been seized. The cash seizures amounting to Rs 3,67,23,090 and freebies worth Rs 3,33,24,576 have been seized. Also 13 cases of paid news have been registered and notices served.