EC holds meeting to review poll preparedness

To review the preparations for the upcoming Punjab Assembly elections, the Election Commission on Monday reviewed the position with senior state government officers.

Updated: Dec 05, 2011, 22:24 PM IST

Chandigarh: To review the preparations for the
upcoming Punjab Assembly elections, the Election Commission
on Monday reviewed the position with senior state government
officers.

Deputy Election Commissioner Alok Shukla, representing the
Election Commission, discussed the prevailing situation with
Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab, Kusumjit Sidhu, and all DCs,
IGs and SSPs in the state, an official spokesman said.

A detailed review was held on topics such as electoral
rolls, voter education, requirement of polling stations and
EVMs. The deployment and shortage of polling personnel was
also reviewed.

A special mention was made regarding expenditure
monitoring of candidates. It was emphasised that all districts
must have flying squads ready along with the static
surveillance teams to conduct random checking of vehicles.

A proper liaison with the Director General Civil Aviation
was suggested to ensure checking of all helicopters and planes
chartered by the candidates before take off to ensure that
they are not carrying illegal cash.

The DCs and the SSPs of the districts bordering other
states were asked to keep vigil to ensure that there is no
free flow of liquor and drugs into the state at the time of
poll.

Shukla expressed satisfaction over the level of poll
preparedness in the state, the spokesman added.

PTI