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CEO holds Video Conferencing with DEOs

Narinder Chauhan, Chief Electoral Officer said that with the announcement of Parliamentary Elections which would be held on 7th May, 2014 in Himachal Pradesh, the Model Code of Conduct had been automatically enforced from the date of announcement of polls. He said that all the matters related to Model Code of Conduct would be dealt with promptly. He directed all the District Election Officers (DEOs) cum Deputy Commissioners (DCs) to send Daily Report regarding electioneering and Law and Order situation from their respective district to ensure free and fair elections in the state. Chauhan was interacting with all the DEOs through video conferencing from Shimla today. He directed them to adhere to important instructions regarding electoral rolls, special campaign, election management, Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP), constitution of plan, randomization of polling personnel etc. Chief Electoral Officer enquired about current status of preparation of various plans including district election plan, communication plan, transportation plan, counting plan, district security plan, sector magistrate plan, vulnerable mapping of polling stations, identification of critical polling stations and hyper sensitive polling stations etc. He directed to set up control rooms at district or ARO level to facilitate voters besides to start a toll free help line in each district. He said that as per the directions of ECI, all the polling stations have been videographed to identify that if the basic minimum facilities were not available, then special efforts would be made to provide the same.
Shri Chauhan told all the DEOs that no deletion or modification shall be made in electoral rolls without the approval of ECI. He said that special awareness camps for enrollment of left out eligible voters shall be held at each polling station in which booth level officer (BLO) would read out the voter list for the information of general public present there and if their name was not found in it, then the person concerned would fill form no-6 on the spot so that his name could be included in voter list. He requested them to make all the necessary arrangements for holding one day camp at each poling station. He also directed to organize a meeting with representatives of various political parties to inform them about this special camp and to seek their cooperation for it. He also directed them to launch an intensive campaign under SVEEP for the purpose. DEOs apprised the Chief Electoral Officer that Election Expenditure Monitoring Mechanism was put in place. Chauhan directed DEOs to impart training to polling personnel for effective management of polls. Expressing satisfaction over pre poll arrangements, Chauhan said that ECI was committed to free and fair elections in the state and sincere efforts were being made to ensure maximum turnout.

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