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Strict adherence to election procedures is ECI’s Hallmark: CEC

*Pre-defined SOPs for safe, secure and time bound dispatch of election
material to State Assemblies for Presidential Election 2022
ECI appoints senior officers as Observers for Election to the Office of
President of India, 2022*

JALANDHAR (KESARI NEWS NETWORK)- The Election Commission of India today started the distribution and dispatch of designated ballot boxes, ballot papers, special pens, and other sealed election materials to the State Legislative Assembly Secretariats including the National Capital Territory of Delhi and UT of Puducherry for the conduct of Presidential Election 2022 scheduled on July 18, 2022. This two-day exercise at Nirvachan Sadan, New Delhi for dispatch of election materials to States/UT in a time bound and secured manner is being undertaken under the
supervision of Chief Election Commissioner Shri Rajiv Kumar and Election
Commissioner Shri Anup Chandra Pandey.

The Commission mandates the collection of the materials from the ECI
Headquarters at Delhi by Assistant Returning Officers (AROs) including one
senior officer from the office of the Chief Electoral Officer. Once they reach
Delhi, officials are also assisted at the help desk at the Delhi Airport manned
by the officials of the Election Commission of India, Civil Aviation, Delhi
Police, and CISF. Ballot boxes along with other essential election materials
are handed over to the AROs under appropriate security and safety measures
after complete inspection at Nirvachan Sadan, New Delhi. Delhi Police teams
escort the AROs while they come to collect the election material. The AROs
return to their respective States/UTs on the same day as the collection of the
election materials. During the transportation, the Ballot Boxes fly on a
separate air ticket in the front row of aircrafts beside the seat of the officer
transporting the materials under personal supervision.

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While speaking to the AROs from the states, CEC Shri Rajiv Kumar
emphasized that strict adherence to procedures by the ECI teams has become
its hallmark in delivering error free elections time and again. He added that a
set of well-defined instructions and Standard Operating Procedures that are
required to be followed thoroughly to complete every electoral process account
for ECI’s robustness for conducting elections. He asked the officials to be
vigilant and ensure strict adherence to protocols and guidelines for
transportation and storage of election materials including ballot boxes and
ballot papers.

Once the officers with ballot boxes reach the state capitals, these are stored
in previously sanitised and properly sealed strong rooms under strict 4 Videography monitoring. Ballot papers for Presidential Election are also stored and sealed along with. After the poll is over, the polled and sealed Ballot boxes and other election material have to be transported back to the Office of Returning Officer that is Rajya Sabha Secretariat by the next available flight. The boxes and other documents are carried personally in the aircraft cabins – never out of sight of accompanying officers.
The Commission has already issued specific guidelines for conduct of polls and AROs and Observers are trained as such. A workshop for the RO, AROs & CEOs was also organized on June 13, 2022 at Vigyan Bhawan to brief them on all aspects of election procedure for the conduct of Presidential elections. The Commission has also appointed 37 Observers for overseeing the arrangements of polling and counting during elections and a briefing meeting of these Observers was also organized on 11th July 2022. The Observers are senior IAS Officers of the rank of Additional Secretary/Joint Secretary, Government of India. The Commission has deployed one Observer for overseeing polling at each of the 30 places of poll in the State/UT Legislative Assemblies and 2 observers for Parliament House. The designated Observers will take stock of election arrangements made for security and transportation of ballot boxes and election material by the ROs and AROs and ensure free and fair elections. The Observers deputed at Parliament House will also oversee the counting process of votes on 21st July 2022.

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