EC emphasizes spur-free elections in Tripura
The full Election Commission, headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Rajiv Kumar, accompanied by two Election Commissioners Anup Chandra Pandey and Arun Goel, and several senior officials, arrived here on Wednesday afternoon to review preparations for upcoming polls in Tripura.
An official from the Tripura Election Department said the Commission has reviewed preparations with the Nodal Officers of various central and state enforcement agencies to ensure that elections in the state are held without incentives.
Immediately upon arrival, the polling panel met with political party leaders at the state guest house and then met with state and district officials, including district magistrates and the superintendent of police from eight districts.
Ruling BJP, opposition CPI-M, Congress, Trinamool Congress and others have urged the EC to hold parliamentary elections in a free, fair and peaceful manner.
Tripura Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Gitte Kirankumar Dinkarrao and State Police Nodal Officer GS Rao gave a detailed presentation to the Commission on polling preparation and security arrangements for the parliamentary elections, which are expected to be held later next month.
The Commission will also discuss preparations on Thursday with First Secretary JK Sinha, Director General of Police Amitabh Ranjan and all Secretaries of the Government of Tripura. An SVEEP (Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation) program will be organized by the CEO on Thursday at the Ujjayanta Palace building in Agartala, where the photo ID cards of the voters will be distributed by the Commission to the newly registered voters.
Before leaving the state for Meghalaya on Thursday, the CEC and the EC would inform the media on Thursday.
From Meghalaya, the entire EC was set to move to another vote-tied state of Nagaland on January 13 and return to Delhi on January 15.
After returning to Delhi, the Election Commission was likely to announce the schedule of elections in three northeastern states given the Central Board of Secondary Education class 10 and 12 exams.
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