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EC holds Video-Conference with over 250 Observers of Phase 2 polls

By TIOL News Service

NEW DELHI, APR 19, 2024: 88 Parliamentary Constituencies in 12 states are scheduled for polling on 26th April, 2024 in which 89 General Observers, 53 Police Observers and 109 Expenditure Observers have been deployed. All have reported in constituencies before the last date of nomination i.e. 3rd April, 2024. Rajiv Kumar, Chief Election Commissioner accompanied with Gyanesh Kumar, Election Commissioner and Sukhbir Singh Sandhu, Election Commissioner asked all the observers to strictly ensure that polling stations contain all amenities for voters especially to combat heat, no inducements are offered close to voting of second phase, forces are optimally utilised and law and order is kept under strict watch.

Central Observers were inter alia directed to ensure:

I. The preparedness for polling in all the constituencies well in advance and ensure the level playing field for all the stakeholders i.e. candidates and political parties

II. To remain physically available within the Parliamentary Constituency they are allotted during the entire election process.

III. Wide publication of mobile/landline/email/place of stay and circulation amongst candidate and political parties so that they are available on the designated numbers/addresses on daily basis to general public/candidate and political parties,

IV. Randomization of deployment of forces in their presence

V. That Central Forces/State Police Forces are being utilized judiciously and maintaining neutrality and their deployment is not favouring any political party/candidate

VI. Randomization of EVMs/VVPATs and polling personnel in their presence

VII. Smooth process of home voting for 85+ and PwDs and Postal Ballot for persons on election duty, essential duties and Service Voters

VIII. That the Electoral Rolls are supplied to the political parties and contesting candidates

IX. The Vulnerability Mapping has been fairly done by the district administration and transportation and communication plan prepared accordingly

X. Deployment of Micro Observers

XI. Commissioning of EVM/VVPAT before all candidates / their representatives

XII. Oversee robust security arrangements at the EVM Strong Rooms and ensure presence of authorised agents of all candidates

XIII. All complaint redressal mechanisms are in place

XIV. That integrated Control Rooms have been set up in districts under overall charge of an officer authorised to take timely corrective action

XV. 100% distribution of voter information slips has been done in advance before the polling day

XVI. All the IT applications such as C-vigil, Voter Helpline App, Saksham App, ENCORE, Suvidha App etc, are being used by the election staff and they are properly trained to use these apps

XVII. The training of all the polling personnel including the counting staff, Micro Observers etc. are been/have been organized in orderly manner

XVIII. Visiting the polling stations in the constituency and ensure that Assured Minimum Facilities are in place at all the polling stations

XIX. Setting up of Voter Assistance Booth at all the polling stations for convenience of voters, special facilitation for differently abled, physically challenged, women, elderly and leprosy affected voters etc

XX. Facilities of drinking water, sheds/shamyanas for voters waiting in queue and proper sitting arrangements outside the polling stations during polling

XXI. That Flying Squads, Statistics Surveillance Teams, Video Viewing Teams, Border Check Posts, Nakas etc. are doing their work round the clock and the efforts are being made so that there is no movement and distribution of cash, liquor, freebees, drugs/narcotics

XXII. Proper working by Media Certification and Monitoring Committees for pre-certification of political advertisement and paid news

XXIII. Timely curbing of fake news/mis-information, and pro-active dissemination of information to steer positive narrative.


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