EC alerts UP ahead of Assembly elections in neighbouring states

The EC has asked the UP government and Chief Electoral Officer of the state to put up barriers and deploy surveillance team at the borders to check the movement of anti-social elements.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Published:October 21, 2013 4:07 am

The Election Commission has put several districts in UP on alert ahead of the Assembly elections in bordering states including Delhi,Rajasthan,Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

The EC has asked the UP government and Chief Electoral Officer of the state to put up barriers and deploy surveillance team at the borders to check the movement of anti-social elements,illegal cash and liquor to the poll bound states.

CEO Umesh Sinha said arrangements are being made to ensure compliance of EC’s directives.

In UP,the districts bordering Madhya Pradesh include Sonbhadra,Mirzapur,Allahabad,Chitrakoot,Mahoba,Lalitpur,Jhansi and Jalaun. Sonbhadra also shares border with Chhattisgarh.

Agra shares border with Rajasthan while Ghaziabad,Gautam Budha Nagar and Baghpat districts of UP touch Delhi.

Sinha said that District Magistrates and superintendents of police of the bordering districts have already held meetings with their counterparts in poll-bound states to chalk out strategy for sealing the borders on poll day and establishment of barriers and check posts.

The barriers would be erected and surveillance teams would be deployed at the border points from the date of notification of elections that is due on November 1 in Madhya Pradesh,November 5 in Rajasthan and November 9 in Delhi. In Chhattisgarh,poll notification for 18 constituencies have been issued on October 18 while notification for other 72 constituencies will be issued on October 25.

Sonbhadra District Magistrate Chandra Kant said,“Meetings were held with the administrative officials of MP and Chhattisgarh and all the arrangements at the border would be made at Sonbhadra’s borders in phased manner as per EC’s directive.”

The EC has also asked the UP CEO to check duplication of voters in the electoral roll of bordering districts of UP with other states.

“De-duplication of voters in electoral roll have already been done in Delhi while the exercise will be taken up in Madhya Pradesh soon,” Sinha said,adding that the possibility of duplication in electoral roll with Rajasthan is less because inhabited areas there are away from the border. Similar is the situation at Chhattisgarh border.

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