FROM A CORRESPONDENT
SHILLONG, Feb 14: The Election Observers who have been camping in the State to oversee the preparation of the on-going Assembly election stated that there is a cordial environment for smooth and fair polling. In a meeting with political parties and independent candidates held on February 13, 2018 at the office of the DC, East Khasi Hills District, the Observer lauded the district administration for being able to create a healthy atmosphere and believed that people will be able to vote without fear or intimidation. The Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills District, Peter S Dkhar in his address urged the political parties and candidates to adhere to the model code of conduct and also cautioned against any breach of conduct which would invite legal action against the erring candidates or parties. Dkhar also informed that public meetings and rallies should be confined to the stipulated time limit of 10:00 pm. Further, second randomization and commissioning of voting machines, i.e. EVMs and VVPATs is scheduled to be held during the period between February 15th to 20th, 2018 and contesting candidates have been requested to be part of the exercise to ensure their satisfaction on the proper functioning of the equipments. The DC also said that the latest copy of electoral rolls and list of polling stations can be obtained from this office. Meanwhile, making a strong appeal for fair election, Rahul Tiwari, General Observer, said that candidates should not appeal voters on the basis of caste, creed or religion and any candidate disturbing commul harmony will be debarred from the election. “Let us ensure that a peaceful environment prevail for the electorate to vote without fear and intimidation”, Tiwary said. B Thakur, the Security Observer for the District, said that there has been no serious breach of conduct but if there is a sense of insecurity or threat it should be reported where the District Election Officer can take appropriate steps and measures.