Chhattisgarh assembly Polls : Webcasting of polling in Maoist strongholds

OP Rawat

New Delhi, September 1 : Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat said arrangements will be made for webcasting of polling in the Maoist affected areas of Chhattisgarh in the coming assembly elections.

He said the webcasting facility will be provided at all those places where internet connectivity is available as this would help monitoring at all levels for the smooth conduct of elections.

For the first time in the country, Sugam Election Accessibility Observers will be appointed by Election Commission following the theme of accessible elections.

Talking to reporters in Raipur, after a two-day visit to the poll-bound state,CEC said, “Persons with disabilities to be enrolled and their contribution in polls will be ensured.”

For the safety and security of polling parties to be deployed in the left wing extremism affected areas, Rawat said arrangements would be made to deploy sufficient helicopters so that the entire polling parties can return with EVM machines after polling is over.

He said elections in Chhattisgarh would be held as per schedule and there is no possibility of deferring the assembly polls and hold it along with the Lok Sabha elections.

During its two day visit to Raipur, the full bench of election commission, headed by chief election commissioner O P Rawat, had discussions with political parties and invited their suggestions.

The commission also had a meeting with Election officials, returning officers, SPs and senior civil and police officials to review the poll preparations in the state.

He added that the One Nation One Election topic was being discussed for the last three years, that is, since 2015. Rawat, on previous occasions, had said that it is important to hold an all-party meeting to discuss the simultaneous polls issue.

 

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