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Asks Chief Electoral Officer to undertake micro-level planning to ensure good management

Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi
Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi

With an objective to ensure that the Delhi Assembly elections are conducted in a fair, free and transparent manner, the State election machinery has got down to setting guidelines for its conduct.

As part of the exercise, Vinod Zutshi, Deputy Commissioner, Election Commission of India, met officials at the Chief Electoral Office (CEO), Delhi, on Thursday and asked them to undertake a micro-level planning down to the polling station to assess the actual prevailing situation on the ground and to accordingly draw up an action plan.

He emphasised the need for close coordination and interaction among the district election officials and police officers for good election management. He also asked the police officers to identify the history-sheeters and anti-social elements of the area and take action under preventive provisions.

Stating that in elections it is necessary to provide a level-playing field, Mr. Zutshi stressed the need for sharing information with political parties and candidates about the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) and other election processes.

He also said that complaints of political parties should be dealt without any delay and in a non-partisan manner. In order to ensure strict enforcement of MCC, officials have also been asked to prepare a data base of personnel for enforcement teams.

Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev said the CEO Office in Delhi is organising training programmes for senior police officers and master trainers along with the district election officials and returning officers.

He also said that steps have been taken to improve the electoral roll with 100 per cent images of voters before the election and described this as a way to reduce complaints, impersonation and allegations of bogus voting.

The CEO Delhi said efforts were also being made to enrol women and youth so as to improve their participation in the electoral process. Over the past six months, six lakh photos of non-image electors have been collected and entered into the electoral roll. Further, two lakh voters in the age group of 18-19 have been added in the past eight months, Mr. Dev said.

A data base of all the employees of all the government departments is being prepared through an online portal, which will be in place soon.

This would help in deployment for election duties, he said. Information is also being collected about their enrolment status, said Mr. Dev, adding that if they are not enrolled yet, they will be enrolled as voters and postal ballot papers will be issued to them so they can also vote while on duty.



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