SHILLONG, Feb 14: The Election Observers who have been camping in the State to oversee the preparation of the on-going assembly election stated that there is a cordial environment for smooth and fair polling.
In a meeting with political parties and independent candidates which was held on Tuesday at the office of the Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills District, the Observer lauded the District Administration for being able to create a healthy atmosphere and believed that people will be able to vote without fear or intimidation.
Making a strong appeal for fair election, General Observer, Rahul Tiwari said that candidates should not appeal voters on the basis of caste, creed or religion and any candidate disturbing communal harmony will be debarred from the election. “Let us ensure that a peaceful environment prevail for the electorate to vote without fear and intimidation”, he said.
The Security Observer for the District, B. Thakur said that there has been no serious breach of conduct but if there is a sense of insecurity or threat it should be reported where the District Election Officer can take appropriate steps and measures.
The Deputy Commissioner (DC), East Khasi Hills (EKH) district, PS Dkhar in his address urged the political parties and candidates to adhere to the model code of conduct and also cautioned against any breach of conduct which would invite legal action against the erring candidates or parties.
The DC also informed that public meetings and rallies should be confined to the stipulated time limit of 10 PM.
Further, second randomization and commissioning of voting machines namely EVM and VVPATs is scheduled to be held during the period between February 15 and 20, 2018. Contesting candidates have been requested to be part of the exercise to ensure their satisfaction on the proper functioning of the equipment. The DC also said that the latest copy of electoral rolls and list of polling stations can be obtained from his office.