Ahead of the sixth and last phase of elections scheduled to take place at 25 Assembly constituencies in Cooch Behar and East Midnapore on May 5, the Deputy Election Commissioner of India Sandeep Saxena on Tuesday held a video conference with the Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Gupta and other senior election officials and the police officers to take a stock of the overall poll preparedness.
The security issues were given the top priority during the meeting in which Saxena had instructed the senior police officers to take up adequate security measures in the two districts. It was learnt that the Commission has asked the state election officials to follow the fourth and fifth phases of elections as model. In the fourth and fifth phase of elections the commission had conducted the elections in a more peaceful manner. Deputy Election Commissioner also asked the state election officials about the identification of sensitive areas and how the Central Forces have been used in those areas. The Central Forces would also conduct in the sensitive areas during night. Saxena also talked to the District Magistrate and police super of both the districts and they have been instructed to intensify the vigil throughout the districts and to ensure that the voters were not opposed by the local goons while coming to the polling stations. The District Magistrate of Cooch Behar has been asked to take all possible measures so that the new voters residing in the enclaves do not face any problems during casting their votes.
The Commission has already taken up various awareness campaigns for the enclave dwellers. Around 51 enclaves have recently been transferred into the Indian territory the residents of
which will cast their votes for the first time.
The administrative officials in the two districts have been instructed to arrest the local antisocial elements who could stir up trouble in the areas. They were also asked to execute the non-bailable warrants still pending. The District Administration was also asked to make a list of the trouble makers and local criminals so that they cannot threaten voters. According to the Commission around 318 companies of Central Forces will be deployed in the two districts with additional 4 thousand state forces.