Stepping up its preparations for the meeting polls in 5 states due early subsequent yr, the Election Commission Wednesday reviewed advance planning with the chief electoral officers of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

While the phrases of the legislative assemblies of Goa, Manipur, Punjab and Uttarakhand are scheduled to finish on completely different dates in March 2022, the UP meeting’s time period ends in May.

The 5 meeting polls might be held collectively early subsequent yr.

The Wednesday’s preliminary assembly centered on varied thematic points together with assured minimal services at polling stations, ease of registration for voters, electoral roll, well timed decision of grievances, preparations of digital voting and paper path machines, postal poll facility for senior residents who’re 80 and above, and other people with disabilities.

Covid mitigation plan, coaching of ballot employees and in depth voter outreach had been amongst the opposite points mentioned, in response to an official assertion.

Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra in his tackle stated transparency and impartiality are the hallmark of the election course of.

He famous that points and challenges could also be completely different in every state, however election planning must have a voter-centric strategy and participative decision-making involving all stakeholders.

During his tackle, the CEC pressured on the importance of the purity of the electoral roll and requested the CEOs for expeditious redressal of all pending functions for voter registration.

He additionally emphasised the rationalisation of polling stations retaining in view the Covid pandemic and reiterated the necessity to have fundamental services and infrastructure in all polling stations.

Chandra stated all logistical challenges in implementation of postal poll facility for senior residents and individuals with disabilities must be recognized and resolved for its easy and clear implementation in the course of the elections.

Election Commissioner Anup Chandra Pandey, whereas interacting with the CEOs, emphasised that periodic and complete monitoring on every side of election must be achieved by the CEOs of all of the poll-going states.

He highlighted the necessity to activate the bottom degree election equipment within the 5 states to start out the preparations.


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