EC briefs 60 observers on Tripura polls

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New Delhi, Jan 28 (UNI) The Election Commission today briefed the 60 election observers appointed for the Tripura Assembly elections to be held on February 23 on how to conduct free and fair poll process in the state.

The meeting, briefed by the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswamy along with two Election Commissioners Navin B Chawla and Dr S Y Querishi here, was attended by all the 60 election observers.

The Election Observers were directed to reach the allotted constituencies at least one day before the last day of nomination and stay till the end of polling day to ensure immediate redressal of complaints received from various political parties or candidates.

During the first visit, they would supervise the processes of nominations, scrutiny, withdrawal, campaign and poll. They would also be supervising preparation of Electronic Voting Machines, training of polling personnel and conduct of voter awareness programmes.

The Observers were also asked to look into the deployment plan of forces in the constituency. They would also examine classification of hypersensitive and sensitive polling stations and monitor the process of vulnerability mapping to identify the segments vulnerable for threat and intimidation.

During their second visit, all Observers would monitor counting and declaration of results.

The Observers were also specifically asked to tour their respective allotted Assembly Constituency extensively and build confidence among weaker and disadvantaged sections. They would constantly review the execution of non-bailable warrants, recovery of illicit arms and collection of licensed arms from undesirable elements.

The Observers were asked to strictly monitor the enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).

The Observers were directed to ensure that all officers transferred by the commission following the completion of three years tenure at their home district at last station during the last four years or who were being transferred because of misconduct should be moved out from their respective places.

The Commission had asked all District Election Officers to prepare a comprehensive communication plan in consultation with Observers to ensure proper and effective communication takes place on the day of poll.

The EC also directed that in cases where start of poll was delayed for more than two hours for any reason, a repoll should be recommended. The Expenditure Observers were asked to monitor the expenditure closely and check the accounts submitted by candidates regularly. The accounts submitted periodically by the candidates should be displayed by the Returning Officer prominently.

Fifty two General Observers and eight Expenditure Observers have been deployed to ensure close monitoring and supervision of the election process. One General Observer per assembly constituency and one Expenditure Observer for every 7-8 constituency were being appointed in the state. Each Expenditure Observer has been assigned the duties of a General Observer for one of the Assembly Constituencies under his charge.

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