Arunachal pleads Election Commission for adequate forces
Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh has pleaded Election Commission (EC) for 60 companies of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) to conduct the forthcoming Parliament and Assembly elections in the State.
Chief Secretary Satya Gopal urged Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora through video conferencing conducted here on Tuesday, an official communiqué informed here on Wednesday.
The Chief Secretary informed that sensitive constituencies have also been identified and measures would be taken to check illegalities.
Gopal stressed on strengthening surveillance along Indo-Myanmar border and neighbouring Assam to check infiltration and unwanted activities when Arora sought weekly progress report on election preparedness.
“Foot march to far-flung polling stations, communication bottlenecks, and Assam-Myanmar border are specific and major challenges for free and fair election in the state,” the Chief Secretary said. Arora and Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa had a meeting through video conferencing with all Chief Secretaries, DGPs, and CEOs of eastern States and sought status reports on ongoing election preparations.
“Transfer posting of officers and officials as per EC directive in administrative and police departments was taken into account,” Gopal said and committed to post sufficient administrative officers within February first week in few districts facing severe shortage now.
“Transfer of very few left out senior administrative and police officers in home districts will be affected immediately,” he said. Proposal to appointment IAS, IPS, IFS officers and nodal officers under various categories as election observers has also been sent to EC, he said, adding sufficient budget to conduct elections and maintain law and order has been prepared.
DGP SBK Singh, principal Home Secretary Dr AC Verma, Chief Election Officer Kaling Tayeng, IGP Sunil Garg, DIG K Kaming, Tax & Excise Link Commissioner NT Glow were also present during the video conference, the communiqué added.
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