EC reviews Delhi poll preparedness for 2nd time in four days

EC reviews Delhi poll preparedness for 2nd time in four days

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New Delhi, Feb 3 : In the wake of ongoing protest against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) and violence at protesters including firing in the national capital, the Election Commission on Monday convened a second meeting within four days, to review the preparedness for Delhi assembly election. Delhi assembly will go for the polls on February 8 and the result will be announced on February 11.

"The Election Commission, led by Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra today reviewed the poll preparedness for Delhi assembly elections with Chief Secretary, Commissioner of Police and senior officials of Delhi Government", the poll body said in a statement.

The Commission had also held a review meeting on January 31 to analyse the situation in Delhi and a team of officials visited Shaheen Bagh, where hundreds of women are protesting against CAA and NRC. It is learned that the Commission has held the meeting to take stock of the situation, as Delhi witnessed three incidents of firing in four days, by assailants at protests sites.

On Sunday, the poll body had removed Chinmoy Biswal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (SouthEast), who was in-charge of areas that include Shaheen Bagh and Jamia Millia Islamia University, after the untoward incidents. The Commission said Chief Secretaries, DGPs and senior officers of the neighbouring states, namely Haryana and Uttar Pradesh had also attended today's meeting. Nodal officers from Ministry of Home Affairs, CRPF, Ministry of Railways also joined the meeting.

"Observers assured the Commission that preparations are on schedule and gaining momentum with respect to all requisite polling day arrangements. Adequate deployment of Police forces and CAPF companies is being done and protest sites are under watch to ensure that no obstructions for polling personnel or voters would hamper movement on February 8", the Commission said.

The Commission emphasised that the directions of Supreme Court orders on publicity of criminal antecedents and the consequential guidelines of the Commission have to be fully complied with in print as well as electronic media and notices issued to erring candidates. "Commission inter-alia laid emphasis on the need to take strict action against intimidators and violators of law; enforcement of preventive action be taken promptly to ensure smooth movement near all polling stations, maintain peace and ensure free fair polls on the polling day", the poll body added.

The Commission also said that special police observer M K Das assured that he is personally monitoring the situation at ground level in sensitive areas. Special expenditure observer B Murali Kumar also assured the Commission that due care will be taken by field level teams to step up enforcement. (UNI)