Election Commission team visits Assam to review progress ahead of Assembly Elections


GUWAHATI: A team of senior officers from the Election Commission of India (ECI), headed by Dharmendra Sharma, Director General ECI, visited Assam to review the progress of election preparedness of the State for the ensuing General Election to the Assam Legislative Assembly.

He was accompanied by Narendra N. Butolia, Senior Principal Secretary and Ajoy Kumar Verma, Secretary ECI.

The team reviewed the follow-up action taken in the background of the directions given by the Election Commission during its last visit which took place from 18th January to 20th January, 2021.

Further, the team took stock of the situation and assessed the progress made on creation of auxiliary polling stations and targetedSystematic Voter Education and Voter Participation (SVEEP) activities especially for low voter turnout polling stations. Special focus was laid on facilitating voting of PwD and senior citizens above the age of 80 years maintaining COVID-19 protocol. vulnerability mapping training of personnel and ICT platforms, formation and functioning of election cells at the district level. Electoral Roll update and assessment of the law and order situation on ground.

The first meeting was held with the Chief Electoral Officer Assam and his team of officials on the evening of 14th February, 2021. On 15th the ECI team visited some polling stations of Nagaon and Kamrup districts and later conducted a meeting with the DCs/DEOs, SPs and ROs of 11 districts namely Kamrup, Kamrup (M), Jorhat, Karbi Anglong, West Karbi Anglong, Dima Hasao, Nagaon, South Salmara, Dibrugarh, Biswanath and Dhubri. On the same day, the EC team also held a meeting with the heads of the enforcement departments, where senior officers of NCB, SSB, Income tax, ED, CISF, SBI, Post Office, Customs, Excise etc, participated.

On 16th February, the ECI team held a meeting through video conferencing with the Deputy Commissioners. Superintendents of Police, Returning Officers of the remaining 22 districts to evaluate the situation and poll preparedness of these districts. The ECI team conducted a meeting with the senior Police and CRPF officers to take stock of the prevalent law and order situation.

Finally, the three-day visit of the ECI team concluded with a meeting with the Chief Secretary of Assam and senior Secretaries of different departments viz. Personnel, Home and Political, Health and Family Welfare, Transport, Excise, Revenue and Disaster Management, Panchayat and Rural Development and senior police officials of the state.

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