LS Polls: General Observer holds meeting with AROs, Nodal officers at Bandipora

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Bandipora, Mar 29: General Observer for Bandipora district Sandeep Pondrik, Friday convened a meeting of all AROs, Nodal Officers AEROs and EROs to review the election preparedness in the district.
The meeting was attended by District Election Officer Bandipora Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza, Superintendent of Police Rahul Malik, Additional Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, Deputy District Election Officer Bilal Mukhtar and other senior officers.
Earlier, District Election Officer, Shahbaz Mirza gave a detailed presentation of preparedness at polling station level besides various other plans related to elections. He briefed the observer about the arrangements put in place for the smooth conduct of the elections and said different committees have been constituted with regard to the monitoring of election expenditure, Manpower, transport plan, media monitoring, randomization of EVM/VVPAT, machines besides flying squads, surveillance teams.
He informed that after addition of 3890 voters to the voter list, there are 233572 voters registered in the electoral rolls including 120042 males and 111241 females.
The meeting was informed that 312 Polling booths have been setup in the district including 283 hypersensitive polling booths and 29 sensitive booths.
Sandeep Pondrik reviewed the facilities being provided at the polling stations including water, electricity, toilet, cleanliness, facilities for specially-abled voters and transport facilities for dispatching the poll staff to different locations. The meeting also informed about the security plan at polling stations and strong rooms besides transportation, dispatching and collection of EVMs.
He urged the officials to personally visit the respective polling stations and communicate to the concerned official’s in-case there is need for any repair or up-gradation of the polling stations so that necessary arrangements are made well in time.
He asked the officials involved in the election process to put their best efforts and work in a synergized manner to ensure free, fair and transparent elections in the district.
The DEO informed that proper transportation facilities will be available for the smooth dispatch of polling parties and their receiving at the collection centers.
The Observer stressed on the officials to work in close coordination with each other to ensure smooth conduct of the election process. He asked the Expenditure Committee to keenly observe the election related expenditure made by the political parties and candidates in order to ensure free and fair elections besides implementation of Model Code of Conduct in letter and spirit.
The Observer stressed upon to conduct awareness under SVEEP in each and every corner of the district using print electronic and social media regarding various activities including cVIGIL and IT Apps for elections process, to aware public so that voters can use these Apps for their convenience.
Earlier Observer Sandeep Pondrik visited Sonawari and Bandipora Assembly segments to inspect the arrangement put in place by the administration for smooth conduct of Elections and also visited strong rooms located at Bandipora and Sumbal.
The General Observer will stay put in Bandipora and will be available at R&B guest House Bandipora near SK Stadium during office hours to meet the public and can also be contacted on +916005916270 and 01957-225325.