MC Polls: Dist Electoral Officer tells election staff to ensure smooth, peaceful and transparent elections

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Asks staff to create WhatsApp groups for communication, motivates them to perform their duty impartially

The Hush Post, Ludhiana: To complete the elections of Ludhiana Municipal Corporation and by-polls of two wards in Payal and Jagraon Municipal Councils on February 22 smoothly and transparently,  District Electoral Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Agrawal held a meeting with all returning officers (ROs), Assistant ROs, Sector Officials, and their police counterparts on Thursday in Circuit House.

RN Dhoke, Commissioner of Police and Election Observers were also attended the meeting.

District electoral officer Pradeep Kumar Agrawal said that none of ROs would leave his election constituency without his permission and would keep their mobiles switched on. He said that each RO would closely supervise entire election process in his/her own area.

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District Electoral Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Agrawal holding a meeting with all returning officers (ROs), Assistant ROs, Sector Officials, and their police counterparts on Thursday. -The Hush Post

He asked them to create ‘WhatsApp group’ to keep connected with his team members for communication.

He said that a separate WhatsApp group would also be created which would have Commissioner of Police, additional district electoral officer, deputy commissioners of police, Election Observers, ROs and others as its members including him to remain in touch.

Agrawal said that on the voting day (February 24), only polling staff, Senior Election Officers, ROs, Candidate or his polling agent, Voter or authorized media representative will be allowed to enter into the polling station.

He asked ROs to carry out videography of all sensitive polling stations and if any candidate wants to conduct videography of his own, he should get written permission from RO which would allow his cameraman to do videography outside the polling station. He asked them to add expenditure of videography into candidate’s account if anyone does so.

He said that the polling agent should be a voter in that election area and only one polling agent would be allowed inside the polling station.

He also said that polling supervisors and their polling staff would reach polling station a day before of voting and would submit the EVMs in the strong rooms safely once the voting ends. Proper police security would be deployed with them, he added.

District Electoral Officer further informed that 1153 polling stations (two auxiliary polling stations) would be set up for holding Ludhiana Municipal Corporation Elections out of which 284 polling stations have been identified as sensitive where the videography would be carried out by station election commission.

In the last, he appealed them to ensure smooth, free, fair and transparent elections for making the democratic system of the country more strong.

Additional district electoral officer-cum- additional deputy commissioner Neeru Katyal Gupta, DCP Ashwani Kapur, all election observers, returning officers, police officials and others were present at the meeting.

In Municipal Corporation Ludhiana, around 10.50 lakh voters would cast their votes to elect their representatives from 95 wards out of which 5.67 are male, 4.82 lakh are female while 23 belong to the third gender.

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