Review meeting on election preparedness held

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Imphal: A virtual review meeting of all the district election officers (DEOs) and superintendents of police (SPs) of all 11 electoral districts and also with the deputy commissioners and SPs of remaining five non electoral districts was held on Friday with deputy election commissioner, ECI, Nitesh Vyas and chief electoral officer, Manipur, Rajesh Agrawal, on the preparedness of the upcoming election.

All the DEOs and SPs made a power point presentation on preparedness of their respective district.

The deputy election commissioner, expressed satisfaction over the preparedness and stressed that all DEOs must regularly keep interactive sessions with all vital stakeholders like political parties and media and keep them informed of all election related information.

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Further, he also mentioned that exceptionally good work in the upcoming election can be chosen for national awards to be given on next year’s National Voters’ Day.

In respect of Covid situation, it was highlighted by all districts that all efforts are being invoked to have all polling personnel vaccinated with double dose before going for poll duty. Vaccination camps are being opened at the training centres. Precautionary dose is being administered to the polling personnel and the election machinery as per the protocol.

With regards to EVM/VVPAT, the 1st Randomization of EVM/VVPAT have started with the participation of political parties in the districts and it will be over by February 1. The 2nd Randomization will begin on Frebuary 14 followed by commissioning of the machines. The New Symbol Loading Units (SLU) will be used for loading of the symbols on pilot basis in Manipur during the commissioning and this information has already been shared with political parties. The process can be seen by political party representatives through TV screens to be installed in the commissioning hall.

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Distribution and collection of postal ballots to PwD and 80 plus electors have been in progress since the announcement of polls. So far, till Friday 42939 Form-12-D have been distributed to them, out of which 2980 persons have submitted it back. A virtual conference on Accessible and Inclusive Elections involving all CSOs, NGOs working in the field of PwD, will be held on February 2 to scale up awareness on accessibility measures.

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Central paramilitary forces have started arrival for pre-poll area domination. Expenditure observers have been appointed by the ECI, 12 for the first phase and eight for the 2nd phase. Their 1st visit related works will be done through virtual mode from the date of notification, as commission has relaxed their 1st physical visit in view of Covid-19 pandemic situation. They will take up their 2nd visit physically one day before the last date of making nominations, Manipur joint CEO Md. S. Daulat Khan said.

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