Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Shailendra Kumar today interacted with all district election officers (deputy commissioners) through video conferencing and discussed election management action plans for forthcoming elections in the state after the last date of disposal of claims and objections.
During the discussions, the CEO obtained detailed feedback from each district regarding steps initiated and their requirements for smooth conduct of elections. The issues that prominently figured and were discussed included functioning of district contact centers (DCCs), creation of necessary infrastructure for polling stations, status of polling stations, facilities of webcasting in the polling stations, requirement and movement of EVMs, progress under SVEEP program, communication plan, transport facilities for polling parties, security management, celebration of National Voter's Day, appointment of Booth Level Agents (BLAs) by various political parties, publication of electoral rolls, imparting of training to the polling staff and several other allied issues related to the election process.
The CEO called upon all DEOs to put in place all necessary arrangements well in time to facilitate smooth election in the state. He laid stress on strengthening the DCCs with trained manpower and dedicated communication network to facilitate citizens with their election related queries and complaints. The CEO also directed the DEOs to hold frequent interactions with the BLOs to sensitize them of their role and to get feedback on election related activities. He also directed for addressing their critical issues on priority and equipping them appropriately so that they can perform their duties more efficiently.
Shailendra asked the DEOs to approach political parties of their areas to appoint their BLAs expeditiously to facilitate and coordinate with the election authorities in the electoral process. He said BLAs function as a bridge between the election authorities and political parties and help in election process. He also called for attending the election related issues/complaints of the political parties on priority.
The DEOs briefed the CEO about preparations and steps initiated for ensuing elections. They put forth their requirements like filling up of vacant positions in the districts, resources for creation of election related infrastructure and also sought clarifications on various issues, which were addressed by the CEO.
Divisional commissioner, Jammu, Sanjeev Verma, Joint CEO, Raman Kumar Kesar, additional secretary (Election), Krishan Lal, deputy CEO, Anil Salgotra, deputy director information, Babu Ram Tandon and other functionaries of election department were also present in the meeting.