Ranchi: Chief Electoral Officer L Khiyangate reviewed the preparations for the polls with divisional commissioners of Palamu, Santhal Pargana and Kolhan along with district electoral officers of the districts concerned.
He said that Election Commission of India has accorded special stress to increase the participation of the people in the election process as per which during the special drive which was launched to add new names a total of 3.75 lakh applications have been received and to ensure that these applications are disposed within necessary time the district electoral officers would take necessary steps so that the people can use their voting rights.
Mr Khiyangate said that with the use of Suvidha app the political parties and the candidates have to file an application to get permission for organizing public meeting rallies and use of helicopters therefore in a transparent manner the applications which are received on the app should be cleared. He said that it was the responsibility of the ARO to clear the applications which are received on the Suvidha app add in case any government department is also involved then that department and the ARO would be taking care of the matter. Is said that all the applications which are received for the landing of helicopters have to be dispensed by the concerned ARO, police officer, building construction department and the fire brigade. Suggested that if there was any than more people can be hired for clearing the applications received on the Suvidha app and said that representatives of the political parties should also be given hands-on training for using the app.
He said that all the reports related to paid news should be sent every week to the election commission, therefore, all district electoral officers will ensure that reports related to paid news in their districts are sent on time.
The Chief Electoral Officer said that the Divisional Commissioner at their own level should make micro planning for the Divyang voters as part of which day should collect complete information regarding the disability of the Divyang voter and according to that ensure arrangements. He asked the DEOs to make arrangements to bring the divyang voters on the day of elections and send them back home and apart from those facilities of wheelchair and ramp along with volunteers should also be present. He said that for the blind voters in Braille script dummy ballot paper and voters guide should be provided.
He said that at all polling booths the DEOs should keep arrangements of a medical kit along with a medical attendant so that there is no problems in emergency and said that arrangements of drinking water, toilet, power and shed along with signage, help desk, crech should also be put in place.