Chandigarh, June 17 (MNN) Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra and Election Commissioners Rajiv Kumar and Anup Chandra Pandey on Thursday held a virtual conference with Chief Electoral Officers (CEOs) of all Indian states and UTs to ascertain their poll experiences and to galvanise states where Assembly elections are due next year.
The meeting focused on key thematic issues like smooth, efficient and friendly voter services, integration of IT applications, extensive voter outreach programme, expenditure monitoring, and capacity building.
The CEC said that poll-bound states like Punjab should learn from the experiences of the five states where Assembly elections were held this year.
The ECI will hold two-day conference with CEOs of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Goa and Manipur where polls are slated to be held in 2022.
Before this, the ECI shall also facilitate a virtual conference with these five states.
Sushil Chandra stressed the issue of grievance redress system and instructed the CEOs to ensure that all complaints should be redressed within 30 days, and take appropriate steps to make voter experience extremely friendly and ensure IT integration and popularisation of mobile apps.
The CEC also insisted the CEOs to maintain the momentum even in the non-election period and make concerted efforts in ensuring 100 per cent error-free electoral rolls and make the entire electoral process hassle-free.
EC Rajiv Kumar underlined the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and prescribed guidelines in terms of movement and storage of EVMs.
The key points such as separate arrangement of EVM storage for state commissions and involvement of political parties in the first-level checking were stressed upon.
Rajiv Kumar said that physical verification of EVM warehouses shall begin from July 1 by Deputy Commissioners–cum–District Election Officers.
Punjab CEO Dr S Karuna Raju and Additional CEO Madhvi Kataria attended the meeting.