Election MCoC to be enforced strictly- CEO
With the schedule for the Lok Sabha election 2019 being announced on Sunday, the Government machinery in Uttarakhand is focusing on expediting preparations for the polling to be held on April 11 in the State. After announcement of the parliamentary election schedule on Sunday evening, the State’s chief electoral officer, Sowjanya, chaired a video conference with all returning officers and district election officers at the secretariat to review preparations for the Lok Sabha election 2019.
Addressing the officials in the meeting, the chief electoral officer said that the election model code of conduct had come into effect with the announcement of the elections.
All the district election officers must ensure strict enforcement of the election model code of conduct in their respective areas of jurisdiction. The defacement of Government and public properties should be tackled in a time-bound manner. In addition to this, the misuse of Governmental vehicles must also be stopped.
With the election model code of conduct in force, there will not be any advertisement for publicity from government expenditure. The photographs of political personalities are also to be removed from governmental websites, she said. Further, no new tenders or work orders will be made during the period that the election model code of conduct is in force.
However, she clarified that the execution of any work that has been started physically will be continued though there will not be any inauguration or unveiling of foundation stone.
The chief electoral officer further said that the Election Commission of India’s cVIGIL application should be taken seriously and complaints received through it should be addressed within the given time frame.
The control room should be made fully active and regular reports should be presented on the law and order situation.
The officials concerned were also directed to ensure the training of personnel along with security of the electronic voting machines and voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT). Sowjanya further directed that the officials should provide representatives of the political parties with information related to new Suvidha application and all necessary regulations related to the elections. The cooperation of the media can also be taken in ensuring the conduct of the election process in a transparent manner.
Special facility is also to be provided to the differently abled voters, she added. The additional chief electoral officer V Shanmugham and other officials concerned were also among those present in the meeting.
People must ensure participation in the festival of democracy- CM
Welcoming the announcement of the Lok Sabha elections in the nation by the Election Commission of India, chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has expressed hope that the polls will be conducted successfully. Election is an important part of democracy, he said. The chief minister said that the State Government is also committed to ensuring that elections in Uttarakhand are conducted in an impartial, honest and transparent manner. In this election, a large number of youth- new voters will also be exercising their franchise and contribute towards building the nation. The chief minister further said that he also expects the people of state to ensure their participation for the success of this major festival of democracy.
Monday, 11 March 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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