Election Commission Reviews Preps For Delhi Assembly Polls

NEW DELHI || Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra on Thursday reviewed poll preparedness for Delhi Assembly Elections at the ECI Headquarters, an official informed.

DEOs, DCPs, Joint CPs , Chairman NDMC, MCD Commissioner & CEO of Delhi Cantonment Board and nodal officers of various enforcement agencies attended the meeting. The Commission also held a separate meeting with Chief Secretary and Police Commissioner of Delhi.

Speaking to the officers. the Chief Election Commissioner said that Constitution of India has given the mandate to Election Commission of India under Article 324 to conduct free, fair and credible elections. CEC called upon election officials to conduct a flawless election in the NCT of Delhi.

During the meeting, a brief presentation was made by Dr Ranbir Singh, CEO, Delhi highlighting status of preparedness. He gave the status with regard to electoral rolls, manpower availability, EVMs/VVPATs, training of all election officials, and SVEEP activities focusing and targeting low turnout areas for increasing the number of voter turnout.

During the review, the Delhi CEO informed the Commission regarding special measures taken for facilitating senior citizens voters, including Pick and Drop facility. He also informed the Commission about the facilities being created at all Polling Station locations like provision of crèche facility, ramp, water facility, mobile locker, selfie point, waiting area, wheelchairs etc.

Praveer Ranjan, Special Commissioner, Delhi Police who is State Police Nodal Officer made a presentation about the general law and order situation prevailing in Delhi and action being planned by Delhi Police to enforce all the measures as mandated by the Commission.

The Commission directed all the DEOs and DCPs to ensure immediate assessment of vulnerable areas so as to prevent any intimidation. The Commission further directed all the DEOs to ensure the provision of assured minimum facilities including ramp of a gradient of 1:10 or lower and adequate facility of mobile toilets on locations having more than 6 polling booths.

The Commission directed all the local bodies to ensure that all facilities must be available at all polling locations strictly in line with the AMF standards prescribed by the Commission. DEOs were further directed to properly coordinate with local bodies to remove any noticed deficiency. The Commission emphasized the need for detailed hands-on training on EVM/VVPAT and directed the DEOs to personally monitor this.

The Commission emphasized rigorous training for all MCC/Expenditure Monitoring Teams on cVigil to take immediate effective action against any complaints lodged by the citizen on this app. Commission further directed DEOs to ensure the proper and timely distribution of Photo Voters Slips. The commission directed the Transport Department to ensure a sufficient number of smaller size vehicles for easy movement polling parties and machines in the narrow lanes.

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