High level EC team reaches Assam for the 3-day visit
On Monday evening, a high level team of Election Commission of India (ECI) visited Guwahati for a 3 day visit. The purpose of the visit was to take stock of preparations for the assembly polls due in April-May this year.
Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), is leading the EC team. Arora along with election commissioners Sushil Chandra and Rajiv Kumar was accompanied by senior officials. During the 3-day visit the team will organise a series of meetings with senior bureaucrats and police officers, which will include state chief secretary and director general of police to know about security arrangements.
A senior state government official said, “Measures initiated at the polling stations and issues like security, transportation of electronic voting machines (EVMs) especially keeping in view Covid-19 measures will be discussed.”
Leaders from different political parties and poll officials will also attend the meeting and have discussions on the preparations ahead of the polls. Electoral rolls and poll logistics will also be discussed.
CEC Arora and other members of the EC team met district election officers, district superintendents of police and other senior officers on preparedness ahead of poll. Similar meetings are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday as well.
According to the election officials, from Guwahati, EC panel will go to Kolkata on Wednesday to hold similar review meetings for the West Bengal Assembly elections. There it would hold meetings with party leaders and senior officials, which include, Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay, Home Secretary H.K. Dwivedi and Director General of Police (DGP) Virendra.
From the past couple of years, West Bengal has been witnessing frequent clashes between the ruling Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party. Last week, Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain reviewed the preparations for holding Assembly elections in West Bengal. He voiced concerns over the law and order situation in the state.
In April-May, the assembly elections are expected to take place in Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.