General Observers hold meeting with AROs, Nodal officers, others at Rajouri

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RAJOURI: General Observers for Rajouri district Subey Singh Yadav for Assembly constituency Nowshera and Kalakote and Andra Vamsi for Assembly Constituency Rajouri and Darhal, on Sunday convened a meeting of all AROs, Nodal Officers, sector/zonal magistrates/officers and with micro observers to review the election preparedness in the district.

The meeting was attended by District Election Officer, Rajouri, Mohammad Aijaz Asad, Superintendent of Police Yougal Manhas, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri, Sher Singh all the AROs, Deputy District Election Officer, Rizwan Asger, and other senior officers.

Earlier, District Election Officer made a detailed presentation of preparedness, besides various other plans related to elections. He briefed the observers about the arrangements put in place for the smooth conduct of the elections and said different teams have been constituted with regard to the monitoring of election expenditure, Manpower, transport plan, media monitoring, randomization of EVM/VVPAT, machines besides flying squads, surveillance teams.

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He informed that after addition of voters to the voter list, there are 416757 voters registered in the electoral rolls including 219415 males, 197332 females and 10 others.

The SSP informed that elaborate security arrangement with regard to deployment of police personnel and wireless communication facility has been made at each polling station giving enough consideration to sensitive and hypersensitive polling stations.

The General observers reviewed the facilities being provided at the polling stations including water, electricity, toilet, cleanliness, facilities for specially-abled voters and transport facilities for dispatching the poll staff to different locations. The meeting also informed about the security plan at polling stations and strong rooms besides transportation, dispatching, and collection of EVMs.

They urged the zonal/sectoral magistrate/officer to personally visit the respective polling stations and communicate to the concerned official’s in-case there is a need for any repair or up-gradation of the polling stations so that necessary arrangements are made well in time.

They also reviewed the 2nd randomization, establishment of the women polling station, transport facility for the polling parties with security arrangements and daily action plan number of complaints received.

Regarding establishment of women polling station it was informed that total 04 women polling station one in each assembly constituency will be established and the nodal officer complaint cell briefed them about the number of complaints received and disposed off.

The General Observers stressed on the officials to work in close coordination with each other to ensure smooth conduct of the election process. He asked the Expenditure Committee to keenly observe the election-related expenditure made by the political parties and candidates in order to ensure free and fair elections besides implementation of Model Code of Conduct in letter and spirit.

The General observers also convened a separate meeting with the Micro observers. They on the occasion said that to strengthen the system of observation these are being deployed to polling stations, who would directly work under the control and supervision of the General Observer.