Arunachal Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Chandra Bhusan Kumar on Monday urged Deputy Commissioners (DCs) and Superintendents of Police (SPs) of the State not to defy the Election Commission’s order with respect to transfer and postings of officers to be deputed on election duties.

Addressing the DCs and SPs in a meeting at Nirbachan Bhawan here, Mr. Kumar disclosed that the Commission in its order on January 9, 2013 directed that no officers, posted in their home district should be deputed for election duties and officer who completes three year service in a particular district should also be deputed for election duties.

Urging the district electoral officers and SPs to chalk-out and finalise all poll-related activities in their respective districts before model code of conduct comes into effect, Mr. Kumar disclosed that the State election authority would not create addition manpower resources and have to manage with the available resources.

Stating that the summary revision of electoral rolls exercise, including deletion of multiple and doubtful voters remained successful in the State, the CEO said, “We have requested the Commission to appoint 17 general observers along with police observers to oversee the poll process in the State.”

Disclosing that adequate security measures would be taken during the poll process in 2,158 polling booths across the State, Mr. Kumar said that in critical polling stations, webcasting facilities would be installed besides providing digital and video cameras for maintaining full-proof security coverage.

He further urged the DEOs to set up strong room and counting halls in the same locality for easy movement of Electronic Voting Machines and other poll materials.

“Altogether 13 nodal officers from various State government departments have been appointed to oversee the poll process and to assist the DEOs,” he said adding that there would be three kind of communication channel available in inaccessible areas for disseminating information. — PTI