ECI conference discusses Manipur poll preparedness status

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Imphal: Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday held a video onference with the District Election Officers (DEOs) of all districts of Manipur and concerned officers of the office of Chief Electoral Officer, Manipur.

In the conference, deputy election commissioner Nitesh Vyas discussed the status of poll preparedness and Special Summary Revision in the state as well as the responsibilities of the DEOs in successful conduct of the election.

The agenda which were discussed during the meeting include – Refining of Electoral Rolls and EPIC related issues, Polling Stations rationalization, Human Resource, Training of operation of EVM and VVPATs, Training of Election Manpower, Election Material, Law and Order and District Specific Issues During Legislative Assembly Election 2017, enrolment of 18 – 21 age group voters, amongst other. The DEOs also highlighted the issues and shortcomings faced by them in the preparation for the forthcoming election to the Legislative Assembly of Manipur, 2022.

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The ECI assured maximum support and assistance for the smooth conduct of the poll in Manipur. Vyas added that medical certificates for PwDs will be required only for application of postal ballots. He also emphasized the significance of conducting Pre-FLCs (First Level Checking). Issues of condition of warehouses and strong rooms as well as intermediate strong rooms were discussed. Expenditure sensitive matter was also highlighted. DEOs were instructed to recover arms on time as well as to ensure provision of Assured Minimum Facility (AMF) in all the polling stations.

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Video Conference was attended by the CEO, Manipur, Rajesh Agrawal; additional CEO, Manipur N. Praveen Singh; joint CEO, Manipur, Ramananda Nongmeikapam; joint CEO, Manipur, Md Daulat Khan; DEOs, Manipur; coordinator, Permanent Media Cell and State Nodal Officer for Media, Waikhom Phajatombi and officials concerned.

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