EC reviewes security in 9 states, bordering UP
New Delhi, Mar 20 (UNI) The Election Commission today reviewed the security situation of nine states bordering Uttar Pradesh, with senior civil and police officials, to ensure free and fair seven phase assembly elections in the state.
The Commission meet was headed by Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswamy, who instructed the police officials to keep strict vigil on movement of criminals.
The meet was attended by Chief Secretary, DGP, Principal Home Secretary and Home Secretaries of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Delhi, Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh and Himachal Pradesh.
The Election Commission had a separate discussion with the Chief Secretary, Principal Home Secretary, DGP and other senior officials of Uttar Pradesh on holding peaceful elections.
The Commission gave specific directions to nine states to take tough measures against illicit arms and bootleggers as these could hamper peace, free and fair elections.
''The Commission issued instructions that there should be a regular coordination between all the states,'' an official statement said.
It said neutrality on the part of field administration will be closely monitored and warned that officials who deviated from EC's instructions ''will be severely punished.'' The Commission officials also had a coordination meeting with officials of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), officials of central para-military forces and railway authorities to ensure fast movement of central forces for deployment on poll duty.