As Nagaland gears up for the ensuing general election to the 14th Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA), various trainings, meetings have been conducted and information disseminated for smooth conduct of the election.
First round of Randomization of EVMs/VVPATs for the upcoming general election to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly, 2023 was conducted on February 4, at NIC conference Hall Mon.
Deputy Commissioner & District Election Officer (DC &DEO) Ajit Kumar Verma briefed the roles and responsibilities of the EVMs/VVPATs management team and sought for full cooperation. He said that each and every individual’s contribution will be equally important for the smooth conduct of the election. He also reminded them that it was a time-bound duty only.
After the Randomization of EVMs/VVPATs in the presence of DC& DEO Ajit Kumar Verma and the representatives of the various political parties from Mon district, the required EVMs/VVPATs were allocated to respective ACs through EMS.
Meanwhile, DC, Mon informed all the Grade-IV Staff under Mon district who were deputed to the election duty that there will be a briefing cum training session for all such Grade-IV staff to explain their roles and responsibilities during the election duty on February 10 at 11 a.m. at council hall, Mon.
All concerned have been directed to attend the scheduled briefing cum training session without fail. Any government employee deputed for election duty failing to attend the scheduled training shall be prosecuted under the relevant provisions of the Election Laws, DC warned.
The second phase of training for all polling personnel in view of the forthcoming general election, 2023 has been fixed as scheduled. Presiding Officers & 1st Polling GHSS on February 9 (male); Presiding Officers & 1st Polling at Town Hall Zunheboto February 9 (female), 10 a.m. 2nd Polling & 3rd Polling (male) at GHSS on February 10 at 10 a.m. and 2nd Polling & 3rd Polling (female) at Town Hall Zunheboto on February 10 at 10 a.m. All poll personnel have been asked to attend the training positively.
ECI guidelines on setting up temporary offices
In pursuance of the conduct of the general election to the 14th Nagaland Legislative Assembly Election, 2023, and under the Election Commission of India guidelines, the following instructions on setting up temporary offices by political parties and candidates have been issued.
A DIPR report stated that as per the guidelines, no such office will be opened by way of any encroachment either of public or private property or in any religious place or campus of such religious place or contiguous to any educational institution/hospital and also no such office will be opened within 200 meters of an existing polling station. The order also stated that only one party flag and banner with party symbols/photographs will be allowed to display at such an office and the size of the banner used should not exceed 4 feet x 8 feet, subject to the further condition.
For setting up such office and used of banner, the permission have to be taken from the Deputy Commissioner & District Election Officer or Returning Officer, who will consult the concerned SP/local police while granting the permit.
Further the order stated that Expenditure Observers shall be informed of all such offices so that they can closely monitor them to ensure that expenditure on such offices was properly booked in the account of the candidate and local police shall be informed of all such offices to ensure that no law and order situation was created in such office/camp.