Indore: Law and order situation would be maintained at any cost in the district. For the first time, web cameras would be installed at 125 highly- sensitive polling booths. These cameras would keep vigil on all the activities inside and outside the booths. Preventive actions have been taken across the district on 25,000 suspects while 344 antisocial elements would be externed and action would be taken against 35 under the National Security Act ( NSA).
Keeping in mind communal riots in Chandan Nagar, 8 anti- social elements from this area were taken into custody under the NSA. Information to this effect was given by District Election Officer and Collector Aakash Tripathi.
Cameras at sensitive booths
Cameras would be used to keep watch on polling booths. The live stream sent from these cameras would be monitored at the control room via many screens.
The web cameras would be installed inside and outside 125 highly sensitive polling booths. If any issue or anomaly is observed at any polling booth, instructions would be sent directly to the concerned booth and immediate followup action would be taken.
46 companies of police sought
To keep the district under observation, and to avoid any uncertain incident, 46 companies of police have been sought by the District Election Office. The allotted force would be spread across the district.
Flying squads laced with video cameras commenced operation from November 4. This squad has already started checking of vehicles on a random basis.
14 officers arrive
Fourteen officers from outside the district arrived here for aiding and keeping a close watch on the election process. Four of these officers would keep watch on financial aspects of the candidates and the political parties, while nine would be posted in the constituencies.
One officer would be reserved with the District Election Officer to meet any contingency. These officers include an IPS rank officer as well.
The district has been divided into 202 sectors for easy management of election process. District Election Officer Aakash Tripathi said that all these sectors have been visited at least twice by the election officers. Apart from this, dedicated sector officers have been appointed and those who are minimum TI level have been awarded magisterial powers for their respective offices.
The sector officers would keep on the move all the time and are expected to arrive at polling booths at an interval of every 15 minutes.
The contact numbers of all sector officers have been fed into computer systems and this information could be retrieved on just the click of a mouse.
This would aid in quick response and rapid action by these officers as it would enable quick coordination between headquarters and sector officers.
On- duty parties would be dispatched under the guidance of observer of the election. Exercise regarding this is performed on a regular basis so that there is no mistake on the day of election.
Candidates, parties meeting today
A meeting of contesting candidates and participating parties in the Assembly elections would be held on Tuesday.
Ballot papers, EVMs
All ballot papers would be printed by November 15. Then, the Electronic Voting Machines ( EVMs) would be sealed.
This process would be kept as transparent as possible and candidates, parties and their representatives would be allowed to attend the process.
Postal ballot facility would be made available by November 16 at nine centers. Received ballots would be processed at these centers only.
Election material to be dispatched in two
shifts For the first time in Assembly elections in the district, election material would be dispatched with poll parties in two shifts. The first shift would be between 8 am and 11 am for rural constituencies like Mhow, Sanver, Depalpur and Rau, while the second shift would include remaining five constituencies of the district.
Admn encouraging people to vote
District Election Officer Aakash Tripathi said that apart from free and fair election, the administration is motivating people to cast votes in the elections. The plan is to make people come out to cast their votes. In this direction, a signature drive would be carried out by school students in which they will contact people at various places including malls and request them to vote. outh of colleges would also be encouraged to come out for voting.
Hoardings have been put up and human chain would be formed. A run “ Do Vote” would also be organized in the same direction.