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A first: IGPs,DIGs to play election observers

The officers will keep watch on Delhi Police personnel deployed on poll duty and report to the Election Commission of India.

Written by Shalini Narayan | New Delhi | Published: October 29, 2013 2:25:03 am

For the first time this year,Inspector Generals of Police (IGPs) and Deputy Inspector Generals (DIGs) will play police observers during the Assembly elections.

The officers will keep watch on Delhi Police personnel deployed on poll duty and report to the Election Commission of India (ECI).

According to sources,four IGP and DIG-rank officers have been short-listed from different states for the role of poll observers.

Officers from paramilitary forces will also be deployed to keep watch on Delhi Police personnel.

“The officers will keep a tab on police and submit reports to the ECI. The officers have been chosen from neighbouring states and not Delhi to ensure neutrality. Police will be under the ECI but these officers will monitor them,” an official said.

Sources said the observers will be in charge of police deployment and decide on the number of officers to be deployed at various polling booths in the capital.

In all,there are 2,603 polling booths in the capital. The observers will be authorised to take action on the spot if police are found flouting rules. They will also keep an eye on hyper-sensitive and sensitive booths.

At the moment,Delhi Police has been asked to prepare a report on the transfer postings of deputy commissioners of police,station house officers and ranks of officers below them,and submit it to the ECI.

Transfer rules for elections state that no officer who has spent more than three years at a particular district can continue there. The transfers are carried out to ensure neutrality.

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