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EC satisfied with Meghalaya’s poll preparedness
Staff Correspondent

Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti, addressing a press conference in Shillong on Saturday. – UB Photos
 SHILLONG, Dec 23 - Chief Election Commissioner, AK Joti today wrapped up his two-day visit to Meghalaya’s State Capital here after holding meetings with political parties, officials from security agencies and administration.

Expressing satisfaction over the poll preparedness, Joti said, several political parties have raised concerns over the EVMs, but he has assured them of a fool-proof mechanism in ensuring a free and fair poll in the State.

“The VVPAT EVMs have been used in Himachal Pradesh and they were found to be 100 per cent accurate. However, if anyone raises an objection during the polls we would definitely look into the matter,” Joti said.

He informed that in Meghalaya, so far, there are over 17 lakh registered voters and there are 3,082 polling stations. “100 per cent of the voters in Meghalaya have EPIC,” he informed.

During the elections, the Commission has decided to set up six all women polling stations. Moreover, all polling stations would have ramp facilities to enable the disabled to exercise their franchise, Joti said.

He said that the security aspect has also been reviewed and meetings were held in which State Director General of Police, heads from BSF and CRPF and others attended.

The security agencies have conducted a “vulnerability mapping” of the State and based on their assessment have sought for additional forces. Joti said the request for the forces would be decided at an appropriate time.

“However, since Meghalaya shares an International border with Bangladesh and inter-State border with Assam, the security agencies have been asked to keep tighter vigil to stop any flow of cash, arms and liquor from across the borders,” he said.

There are 19 polling stations along the inter-State border with Assam and 11 polling stations along the Indo-Bangla border. The air intelligence at Guwahati and Umroi airport has been tasked to oversee the smooth movement of traffic from these airports.

Joti informed that flying squads would be placed in all the 60 constituencies of the State to oversee the security and poll expenditure.

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