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Observers are eyes and ears of Election Commission: CEC Chandra – New Delhi News

Addressing over 1400 ballot observers through hybrid mode, he mentioned that they need to be completely in command with eagle eyes to make sure free, truthful, clear and protected elections.

While advising them to be up to date on all of the electoral processes, together with the postal poll facility for absentee voters within the class of senior residents, individuals with disabilities and Covid-19 suspects or affected individuals, Chandra mentioned that they need to be vigilant about any lapses within the Model Code of Conduct and different ECI tips, strict enforcement of extant Covid tips as additionally counting procedures.

Stressing on the Commission’s zero-tolerance coverage in the direction of the use of cash energy or any variety of inducement, the CEC urged Expenditure Observers to sharpen their abilities and be revolutionary in countering newer strategies of inducements. He requested them to make sure correct publicity of the ‘VIGIL App’ to empower residents to report circumstances of violation to make sure immediate motion by flying squads and surveillance groups.

“All the three Observers (General, Police & Expenditure) should work in coordination with the enforcement agencies and they should visit more and more polling booths to check for Assured Minimum Facilities to facilitate senior citizens, persons with disabilities and women voters,” Chandra mentioned.

Noting that the ‘observer system’ is now properly established and it’s an elaborate and sturdy interface of the Election Commission for steering for discipline functionaries, Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar mentioned that the Observers play a vital position within the conduct of elections and thus should be accessible and seen to the voters, candidates and political events to personally attend to their recommendations and grievance redressal.

“Even stray instances of human errors by polling personnel, non-compliance of Covid protocols even at polling material distribution centres can create a deviant narrative and derail the smooth conduct of elections, therefore, they should be vigilant and report any critical incident immediately to the Commission,” Kumar mentioned. He added that they are all the time beneath strict and microscopic scrutiny by numerous stakeholders and thus needs to be cautious and discreet about their very own private behaviour and conduct throughout the election course of.

The different Election Commissioner Anup Chandra Pandey whereas acknowledging that conducting elections amidst Covid-19 is difficult, exhorted the Observers to make sure that a stage enjoying discipline is maintained for all political events and candidates.

He directed them to make sure that problem free and voter pleasant measures are in place at polling stations for voters. The Observers ought to act as guides and mentors to discipline officers and ought to play a crucial position within the deployment of central para-navy forces in making certain peaceable and intimidation-free elections, Pandey added.

These officers have been drawn from the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service and Indian Revenue Service and different accounts Services throughout the nation and deployed as General, Police and Expenditure Observers for the upcoming elections in Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

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