Ujjain: District administration has launched an information, education and communication campaign under SVEEP plan in view of Assembly Elections-2018. Election literacy clubs have been formed at school and college level. This exercise has been launched to increase poll percentage in the district from previous 74 to targeted 84 per cent.
This was informed by collector and district returning officer Manish Singh during maiden poll related press conference at Simhastha Fair Authority here on Friday evening. He informed that all efforts were being made to maintain impartiality and transparency during the poll process and about 11,000 employees are likely to be deployed for the task. Number of policemen and security personnel will be separate, he added informing that block-wise election officers were already deputed for the work.
Apps like C-Vigil, Samadhan MP, Suvidha and Sugam MP have been launched by the state Election Commission in view of poll related complaints, real time complaints, permission to star campaigners, acquisition and deployment of private and government vehicles, respectively.
Singh informed that special awareness campaign was also being carried out across the district to make people aware about VVPAT machines, which are being used for the first time in any election. The administration has received 2320 VVPAT machines besides 2600 ballot units and 2200 control units. According to him, during randomization, about 10 per cent defects came to fore and engineers concerned had been engaged to improve them.
He informed that about 78,000 names of voters have been deleted while 26,000 fresh names have been added in electoral rolls and final list of electorates will be sent for publication on September 7. At present there are about 13,67,000 voters enrolled and 1773 polling booths with minimum facilities will be established in the district, he added.
SP Sachin Atulkar informed that names of about 1500 out of 3000 permanent warrantees who are on the run for more than six months, will be deleted from the electoral rolls. He informed that preventive action under various provisions of the law was being carried out in the district so as to ensure smooth and peaceful election.
So far 17 persons have been sent to jail under preventive action. Likewise, 50 persons have been booked under National Security Act and 400 anti-socials have been expelled from the district. He said that examination with regard to requirement of para-military forces is being carried out, but extra force will be deployed at hyper-sensitive polling booths and vulnerable areas. Zila panchayat CEO Sandeep GR, additional collector Deepak Arya and deputy district returning officer RP Verma were also present.