EC oversees poll preparations
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, March 24: A meeting of Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and Additional DCs and presided by Election Commissioner N Gopalaswamy was convened at the conference hall of Old Secretariat today to deliberate on poll related measures for the 2004 Lok Sabha elections.

At the onset of the congregation, Chief Electoral Officer of Manipur V Chibber presented a detailed account of the steps being taken up by the State Government for the two phase polling in Manipur next month.

Speaking on the occasion, Gopalaswamy, touching on various issue mooted that facilities like telephone/wireless at control rooms should be opened to enable contending parties air their grievances during polling to the poll observers.

Efforts are on to increase number of election observers by two more, he asserted while instructing that candidates should be allowed to check the electronic voting machines to maintain transparency besides conducting adequate awareness campaign for the electorates in using the EVMs.

Along with the supplementary respective political parties should be supplied two copy each of the electoral rolls, Gopalaswamy said.

He also desired that poll personnel execute their duties dedicately and sincerely for smooth conduct of the polls.

DCs/SPs/ADCs present at the meeting also placed their respective viewpoints and suggestions as well as related measures initiated by them in consonance with the Election Commission of India's guidelines.

An official notice pertaining to hyper-sensitive, sensitive and normal status of polling stations under the jurisdiction of respective district authorities as well as on vehicles to be utilized by the ADCs during the polls was also released during the meeting.

Classified in the list are 18 as hyper-sensitive, 75 sensitive and 232 as normal in Imphal East district; 4/39/318 in Imphal West; 20/91/59 in Bishnupur; 36/72/188 in Thoubal; 38/20/40 in Chandel; 16/24/93 in Ukhrul; 43/89/128 in Senapati; 16/15/87 in Tamenglong.

Churachandpur district has the highest number of hyper sensitive polling stations at 271, 489 sensitive and 1241 as normal.

Helicopter services would be utilized to oversee polling process at 58 polling stations in Churachandpur district and 10 in Chandel.