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Poll panel team arrives today

- Election commissioners to hold meetings tomorrow

Guwahati, March 10: Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath, accompanied by election commissioners H.S. Brahma and Nasim Zaidi, will arrive here tomorrow to review preparations for the Lok Sabha election in Assam.

The election commissioners are scheduled to arrive here tomorrow evening. On Wednesday, they will meet representatives of political parties, government officials and media personnel, an official source said.

“They will meet representatives of political parties from 10am to 11.30am and hear their grievances. This will be followed by a meeting with top election officials and other government officials, including senior police officers and deputy commissioners, from 11.30am to 2pm to discuss threadbare poll security arrangements. They will interact with the media before flying back to Delhi on Wednesday evening,” the source said.

Assam chief secretary Jitesh Khosla today chaired a meeting held with top police and army officials at the state secretariat here to discuss security arrangements for the Lok Sabha election.

“Various issues related to the general election, including the law and order situation in the state and security for candidates, political leaders and star campaigners, were discussed during the meeting,” the source said.

He said each of the 342 police stations in the state would be considered a zone. Under each police station, there will be six to 10 sectors, depending on the area and population under the police stations.

The zones will be categorised as hyper-sensitive, sensitive and comparatively safe, depending on the threat perception. “Based on the categorisation of the zones, deployment of security forces and other arrangements will be made,” the source said.

On the eve of the Election Commission team’s visit, Assam’s chief electoral officer Vijayendra held a meeting with election officers. (See Metro)


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