December 16, 2021 9:13:48 am
A high-level team of Election Commission of India (ECI) comprised of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sushil Chandra and Election Commissioners Rajiv Kumar and Anup Chandra Pandey reached here on Wednesday on a two-day visit to take stock of poll preparedness in the state ahead of Punjab Assembly Elections 2022.
The Commission’s team comprises three Deputy Election Commissioners, Chandra Bhushan Kumar, Nitesh Vyas and T Sreekanth, and Director General Sheyphali B Sharan.
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Punjab Dr S Karuna Raju received the full commission at the Mohali Airport. Later, the EC team held a series of meetings with Punjab government officials on the level of preparedness for elections.
On first day, the ECI team headed by CEC Mr Chandra held one-on-one meeting with representatives of National and State level recognised Political Parties. Representatives from All India Trinamool Congress Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Bharatiya Janta Party, Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Nationalist Congress Party, Aam Aadmi Party and Shiromani Akali Dal attended the meeting.
The Commission heard the concerns of the representatives of Political parties and assured that issues raised by them would be deliberated and examined.
Later, the Commission held a meeting with CEO Punjab, State Police Nodal Officer and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) to review the preparations for the forthcoming Assembly Elections. The commission also held meeting with representatives of various Enforcement agencies to know about security arrangements to ensure smooth conduct of elections.
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