- The Election Commission recently met the CEO’s of three poll-bound states
- The meeting was to take stock of preparations for 2018 assembly elections
- EC officials apprised the three CEOs on the use of VVPAT machines
The Election Commission of India recently conducted a meeting with the Chief Electoral Officers(CEO’s) of the three poll-bound states. The meeting was done in the national capital where all three officials were present.
Assembly term is expiring in March
The Chief Electoral Officers of the three poll-bound states recently met the officials of the Election Commission in New Delhi.
For this, Tripura’s CEO Sriram Taranikanti, his Meghalaya counterpart F.R. Kharkongor and Nagaland CEO Abhijit Sinha, besides other officials attended the meeting.
The meeting was conducted by the Election watchdog to check the preparedness of these states for the upcoming assembly elections in 2018.
“EC officials apprised the three CEOs on the use of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail machines at all polling stations in these states. The effectiveness of booth-level officers in the states was also discussed,” the senior official of the Tripura Election Department said.
As per the data of these states, the five-year terms of assemblies in Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Tripura will expire on March 6, 13, and 14, respectively. Therefore, there is a need for elections to form a new government in these states.
Before this meeting, the poll panel reviewed the security situation in these poll-bound states.
As per the present situation of governance in the state, Tripura is led by the Communist Party of India(CPIM), Meghalaya is under Congress and Nagaland is governed by Naga People’s Front-led Democratic Alliance of Nagaland, This alliance is supported by BJP.
As per the announcement of the election officer of Meghalaya, the Election Commission will visit these three states to check the ground reality.
For this, a three-member team of the Election Commission, led by Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain, will visit Tripura from Thursday to review election preparedness and the ongoing special summary revision of electoral rolls in the state.
Later, this team will visit the remaining two states to check the pre-poll preparedness as these states are on the verge of conducting assembly elections.