The Chief Election Commissioner of India, Mr. Sunil Arora, said that Commission is committed to maintain the purity of elections and to deliver free, fair and transparent elections.

October 11, 2019
  • Chandigarh, October 10- The Chief Election Commissioner of India, Mr. Sunil Arora, said that Commission is committed to maintain the purity of elections and to deliver free, fair and transparent elections. An effective mechanism has been set up to ensure smooth conduct of the electoral process.
  • The Chief Election Commissioner accompanied with Election Commissioners of India Mr Ashok Lavasa and Mr Sushil Chandra, was addressing a press conference here today, in connection with the preparedness of ensuing assembly elections in Haryana. On this occasion, Senior Deputy Election Commissioner, Mr Sandeep Saxena, Chief Electoral Officer of Haryana, Mr Anurag Aggarwal, Director General, Information, Public Relations and Languages Department Haryana Mr. Sameer Pal Srow, Additional Chief Electoral Officer Mr D.K Behera and  Joint Chief Electoral Officer Dr Inder Jeet, Mr Apurv and several senior officers were also present.
  • Earlier in the day, he inaugurated the state-level exhibition organized under the "Systematic Voter Education and Electoral Participation Program" (SVEEP) and released the SVEEP Action-Plan book here today. Apart from this, audio jingles and TV campaigns were also launched by the Chief Election Commissioner.
  •         Mr. Arora said that it is the first visit of the full Commission in Haryana. During its two-day visit on October 9 and 10, the Commission held a series of review meetings with the State Chief Electoral Officers, officers of the Police department, Nodal Officers and the representatives of various political parties in connection with the forthcoming General Assembly Election- 2019 in the State. He said that State level and District Level Election Machinery has been directed to be fearless, objective, neutral and independent from any influence whatsoever. Meanwhile, the Commission also praised Haryana for the arrangements being made for the conduct of General Assembly Election- 2019 in the State.
  • He said that the Commission also held review meetings with the District Election officers, Superintendents of Police, Divisional Commissioners and Range Officers regarding the poll preparedness. Later on the Commission reviewed the election arrangements with the Chief Secretary Mrs. Keshani Anand Arora, DGP Mr. Manoj Yadava, Additional Chief Secretary Home Mrs Navraj Sandhu and other senior officers.  The Commission also met with Nodal officers of Income Tax, Excise and Taxation departments and with State Level Bankers Committee convener to review in detail the strategy to curb misuse of money, drugs, liquor and gifts distribution during the elections.
  • While referring to the meeting with the representatives of different political parties, Mr Arora informed in the press conference that the political parties have requested for the deployment of adequate number of Paramilitary Forces in the elections especially in those areas which has the maximum number of people belonging to Economical Weaker Sections of the Society so as to ensure their participation in the elections.
  • He said that few political parties have also requested for installation of CCTV cameras on the sensitive polling stations in the State. Apart from this, request was also made by them to make adequate arrangements to ensure that no liquor is distributed one or two days prior to the voting. Besides this, the political parties have also requested the Commission to ensure that strict action should be taken action against those found indulged in garner of votes in the name of caste and religion.
  • Mr Arora said that the political parties have also requested that the directions of Commission should be properly adhered in the posting of officers and officials related to the election process. He said that the political parties have also raised the issue of ongoing development works at various places. He said that one of the political parties have also requested that the only the relative of Persons with Disability (PWD) Voters should be allowed to help him cast their votes.
  • He said that some political parties have also requested for making adequate arrangements of electricity in the polling stations and said the VVPAT machines should be kept away from the window so as to maintain the secrecy of voting and also to check unnecessary pressure. Besides, request was also made by them to take steps for ensuring transparency of government machinery during the elections. He said that one of the political parties also draw the attention of the Commission over the issue of putting flags of political parties on the private houses.
  • Mr Arora said that a political party has also demanded to reduce the election expenditure limit and to make provision of government assistance for the same. He said that some parties raised the issue of paid news and fake news and urged to take effective steps towards keeping a check on it.  He said that a political party further requested to take effective measures to ensure that the system of postal ballot is run smoothly, and also to ensure maximum participation of service voters.
  • Mr Arora said that keeping in view the concerns and suggestions of the political parties; the Commission has assured that it is committed for free, fair, peaceful, transparent, ethical and inclusive elections. Effective mechanism is being set up for smooth conduct of the electoral process.
  • He said Commission attaches prime importance to ensuring conducive environment for peaceful elections in the State. The Commission directed the electoral machinery of the State that effective monitoring and vigilance be done and concerns of the political parties at each level be addressed. They have been asked to make intensive action plans so as to instill absolute confidence in all stakeholders. The aim is to enable the voters to exercise their franchise without any fear, pressure or temptation he added.  The Commission has directed the District Magistrates and Police Officers to carefully look into law and order concerns. He said that additional Central security forces have been provided as per the requirement of the State.  The officers were also asked to identify expenditure sensitive constituencies and make effective arrangements for the same. Apart from this, Commission also instructed the State Election Officers to facilitate the voters through the 1950 Help Line"".
  • He said that for the first time in the entire state, VVPATs will also be used at all Polling Booths along with the EVM machines. Thus the officers need to ensure due awareness to all stakeholders about proper use of the machines. The officers were also asked to strictly adhere to the laid down procedures and Standard Operating Procedures about use, storage and Transportation of the machines in all the constituencies.
  • He said that the Commission directed the Chief Secretary to ensure that the actions are taken as per the Commission's policy regarding the transfers of the officers and efforts be made to complete Assured Minimum Facilities at the Polling Stations for voters.
  • He said that every effort will be made to ensure strict compliance of the Model Code of Conduct and expenditure monitoring so that the political parties and the general voters can be assured for the free and fair elections. All complaints received in this regard would be dealt with promptly. Through the 'C-vigil' app, any citizen will be able to file complaints regarding violations. The complaints thus received will be settled within the stipulated time frame.
  • He said that the State Government has been directed to provide all necessary facilities specially PwD voters on all the polling station. Voter assistance booths will be set up at all polling Stations.  He said that EVM with VVPATs will be used in all the 19578 polling stations of the state. DEOs have been instructed to intensify awareness programme so that every voter is well versed with the functioning of   the machines. He said that the Commission has directed the officers to make special security arrangements in sensitive areas. He said that the Police Force have been instructed to identify anti-social elements and take action against them so that the election process is not vitiated. He said that adequate CCTV coverage and webcasting in polling stations in sensitive areas will be ensured.