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NEW DELHI: Ahead of announcement of meeting polls in 4 states and one Union Territory, the Election Commission has directed that the election safety plan of poll-going states be collectively determined by a committee comprising the chief electoral officer, state police nodal officer and state Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) coordinator. The panel, the primary such formal association that may apply to all future polls, will guarantee randomisation of the state police and CAPF personnel, in addition to their optimum and efficient utilisation within the curiosity of free and honest elections.
The full EC – comprising chief election commissioner Sunil Arora and election commissioners Sushil Chandra and Rajiv Kumar – not too long ago wound up its visits to all poll-bound states/UTs – West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and UT of Pondicherry — to overview preparedness. A full Commission assembly is because of be held right here on Tuesday, and an announcement might observe any day after that. Polling, as per sources, is prone to be held in April over a number of phases, and shall wind up earlier than the beginning of CBSE Board exams on May three.
EC, in a communication despatched to chief electoral officers of all states and UTs on February eight, directed that the committee comprising state CEO, state police nodal officer and CAPF coordinator, shall periodically/incessantly meet throughout the polls to observe deployment and guarantee efficient and optimum utilisation of police and safety forces. The committee may also oversee the preparations made for the safety forces throughout the poll-bound state.
“While the state CEO coordinates all security deployment matters with the state police nodal officer, the committee will be a formal arrangement that will ensure the equal and constant involvement of CAPF coordinator in all discussions and decisions. In addition, the existing arrangement of poll observers approving the security deployment plan at their level will continue,” an EC official instructed TOI.
As per sources, virtually 1 lakh Central para-military personnel could also be deployed throughout the upcoming polls to West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry. In reality, some CAPF corporations are set to achieve the poll-bound states/UT subsequent week – together with 125 in West Bengal — for space domination previous to the beginning of ballot course of. This, an EC official instructed TOI, is a normal train, with the advance deployment of the Central forces permitting them to settle in and take place by the point the election course of begins.
Meanwhile, sources stated NRIs are unlikely to get the best to vote remotely through e-postal poll, as sought by EC, within the coming spherical of meeting polls. The regulation ministry is but to inform the principles on this regard and the modalities are nonetheless being mentioned with the stakeholders.


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