The Election Commission of India (ECI) held review meetings today on the preparedness for the incoming Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh with Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police, IG, DIG, and CAPF, and Nodal Officers of 12 districts.
Speaking to the media, Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar said, “Today we held a meeting with all the political parties. Representatives of all national political parties and office-bearers were present. They told us how they wanted a free and fair election. We also had a word with the Chief Secretaries of State, DG, and the health secretaries, and now we’re going to talk to the DCs and SPs in order to figure out how to have a fair election”. He further added that they had an extensive discussion regarding the lack of motivation among the 18+ voters to come forward and cast their votes. “When people over the age of 80 can come to the polling booth and cast their votes, why can’t they come? Will discuss all of these,” Rajiv Kumar said.
The ECI is to hold a press conference tomorrow in Shimla where Kumar will brief the media about the meetings that are being conducted.
Currently, they have been meeting with the DCs and SPs. Further details about the matter will be revealed on Saturday.
A high-level team of the Election Commission of India, led by Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar, along with Election Commissioner Anup Chandra Pandey, undertook a three-day visit to Shimla to review the poll preparedness for forthcoming assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh.
On the way to Shimla, the team visited the polling station at Government Senior Secondary School Dharampur in Solan district and inaugurated the fascia of the polling station, the release stated.
As per the release, the CEC also felicitated and interacted with the elderly voters, people with disabilities (PWD) voters, and transgender voters by presenting them with shawls and an appreciation letter.
The ECI team also met and felicitated the first-time voters and gave them an Epic-Kit, containing their voter i-card, pocket voter guide, and voter pledge (Shapath Patra).
Maneesh Garg, Chief Electoral Officer, Himachal Pradesh, welcomed and honoured the ECI team at Dharampur.
Earlier, a team from the EC also visited Ahmedabad from September 16-18 to take stock of election preparedness in the state ahead of the upcoming
“The team comprised Hridesh Kumar, Nitesh Vyas, Dharmendra Sharma, NN Butolia, Yashvendra Singh, Deepali Masirkar, S B Joshi, Shubhra Saxena, and Anuj Chandak,” the release stated.
As per the release, ECI and Chief Electoral Officer P Bharathi held a review meeting with district election officers, police superintendents, and police commissioners regarding election preparedness.