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LS polls: CEO calls for ramping up SVEEP activities to ensure highest voter turnout in Srinagar

May 9, 2024

SRINAGAR, MAY 08:- Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Jammu and Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole, today chaired a meeting here to oversee the readiness for the smooth conduct of Lok Sabha Election-2024 in Srinagar district.

District Election Officer (DEO), Dr Bilal Mohi-Ud-Din Bhat, who is also the Returning Officer (RO) for 02-Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency, was present in the meeting among other participants.

The CEO stressed ensuring the highest voter turnout in the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections in the Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency (PC). He called for ramping up SVEEP activities in public places and at schools in the district to educate the public about the significance and essence of casting their ballot. He laid stress on sending messages among women through Pink Polling Stations regarding the fact that they can efficiently manage any job. He emphasized enhancing awareness among the masses concerning special polling stations viz. Pink, PwD, Green and Urban, and directed the concerned to give wide publicity regarding facilities being provided at these polling stations to encourage the general public to vote and register a larger voter turnout in the district.

The CEO also directed the effective conduct of the Election Commission of India’s path-breaking home voting facility for citizens who are 85+ and Persons with Disabilities (PwD) to send a clear message to citizens about the decisive step towards facilitating a more equitable and representative democracy, where every citizen’s voice matters, regardless of physical limitations or age.

P. K Pole directed wide publicity of all election-related activities including SVEEP awareness activities to encourage the general public to vote and register the highest voter turnout in the district. He underscored unwavering dedication towards fostering inclusivity and sustainability in the electoral process. He said that the ECI believes that every citizen should have equal access to exercise their democratic right, and these polling stations represent a significant step towards achieving that goal.

Reviewing the status of the commissioning of EVMs and training of designated staff, Pole stressed ensuring comprehensive hands-on training aimed at familiarizing the poll staff with the operation and maintenance of EVMs. He also asked the AROs to ensure proper uploading of data on EMS.

The CEO also reviewed the status of complaints received on the C-Vigil App, MCC violations, MCMC, Single Window System, Shadow register of Candidates, Assured Minimum Facilities, and Distribution and Collection Centres. He assessed the Transportation plan for EVMs and instructed that the same may be transported in container vehicles fitted with GPS. He instructed the concerned to ensure the complete distribution of Voter Information Slips among the voters.

Earlier, District Election Officer, Dr Bilal Mohi-Ud-Din Bhat, through a PowerPoint Presentation, presented the district profile and overall arrangements in place for free, fair, and smooth conduct of elections in the district. He said that all ECI guidelines are being implemented in letter and spirit in the district and efforts are being made to ensure maximum participation of voters. He also briefed about the functioning of MCMC, deployment of SST, FST, VVT, and teams, and arrangements for senior citizens and PwDs voters in the district.

Among others, the meeting was attended by AROs, Nodal Officers, Deputy District Election Officers, AEROs and others concerned

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