Meghalaya Polls: EC to announce Election dates after reviewing security

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Story highlights

  • A team of Election Commission visits Meghalaya recently
  • The team visits the state to review poll-preparedness
  • After a series of meetings, EC to announce dates of elections

The Election watchdog of the country is preparing for the upcoming Assembly elections and for this, the team of EC has recently visited the state to review the situation of security in the state. After a series of meetings with CEO and other officials its is going to announce the dates of elections.

Deputy Commissioner headed the team of EC

A team of officials of Election Commission of India(ECI) has recently visited Meghalaya. The team was headed by the Deputy Commissioner of Election Commission that visited to review the poll-preparedness.

The team has conducted a series of meetings with the Chief Election Officer and the police of the state to check the security arrangements in the state before the polls.

Deputy Election Commissioner Chandra Bhushan Kumar while an interaction with the media, told that the EC will announce the date of elections after taking into consideration security mobilization, festivals and academic issues.

Informing further on this, he said, prior to this, a team of three officials led by the chief of the Election Commission of India, AK Jyoti will visit Meghalaya to take stock of its poll preparedness.

The team of Election Commission will visit Meghalaya after the Gujarat election process.

Kumar also expressed happiness over the state’s preparations and said arrangements are on track. Identification of polling teams is being conducted.

EC will announce the dates of elections after taking into consideration security mobilization, festivals and academic issues.

The Deputy Commissioner and his team, during a series of meetings with political parties, had to face questions on the authenticity of the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT).

The deputy poll chief assured that with the introduction of VVPAT, there was nothing to doubt about the functioning of EVMs.

Responding to more queries, Kumar said it takes seven seconds to print VVPAT slips and time will not be a factor because the EC has put a limit on the number of voters at each booth.

While an urban booth will not have more than 1,400 voters, the upper limit in rural areas is 1,200.

He also informed that the State Election Commission has already taken measures to disseminate information about VVPATs which will be used for the first time in Meghalaya in next year’s elections.

The number of polling stations in the state has been increased to 3,082, an increase of 597 since the 2013 Assembly elections, he informed.

During the interaction, he was also questioned about certain polling stations which are vulnerable to man-animal conflict, on this Kumar said South West Garo Hills and West Garo Hills district administration is prepared for the situation and help from the Forest and Wildlife Department will also be sought.

Meanwhile, the ECI official asserted that even private sectors are bound to allow their employees to cast votes in the Assembly polls.

Meghalaya having 60 Legislative Assembly constituencies that are divided into East Garo Hills, East Jaintia Hills, East Khasi Hills, North Garo Hills, South Garo Hills, South-west Garo Hills, West Garo Hills, West Jaintia Hills and West Khasi Hills.

Also Read: Meghalaya Polls: Election Commission team on a two-day visit to the state

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