Kolkata, Apr 6 UNI | 4 months ago

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) V S Sampath today said all steps would be taken for making the coming Lok Sabha elections free and fair and stern action would be taken if the poll process is violated by any quarter.


The CEC made this observation to mediapersons after a series of meetings here with political parties, DMs, SPs and other senior government and poll officials.

Mr Sampath also urged the poll officials to work 'impartially' for making the elections a 'success,' in line with the democratic norms.

Mr Sampath also directed the DMs and SPs to look into complaints 'carefully' to help make peaceful completion of the election process.

He said the Commission would look into all complaints, submitted to it regarding the elections in the state, by different quarters 'seriously' maintaining 'necessary action will be taken if needed.'

The full bench of the Election Commission, led by Mr Sampath held a meeting with leaders of political parties here in connection with the Lok Sabha elections in the state.

A number of complaints against ruling Trinamool Congress were lodged at the meeting by representatives of opposition BJP, Congress and the Left parties.

They also accused state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sunil Kumar Gupta of 'inaction' in respect of the
complaints.

The assault of a BDO in Habra in North 24 Parganas and attack on an employee of the state election department in Howrah, allegedly by Trinamool supporters, figured in the list of complaints.

The Election Commissioners later had another meeting with DMs and SPs to take stock of the poll preparations.

They also had a separate meeting with the Chief Secretary and the Home Secretary to review the overall pre-poll situations in the state.

Besides Mr Sampath, the three-member team, that arrived here yesterday, comprises election commissioners H S Bramha and Nasim Zaidi.

They had met the CEO after arriving here last evening in respect of poll preparations.

Informatively, Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi had visited the city on March 25 and had a number of meetings regarding poll preparations with political parties, the CEO and other administrative and police officials.

(Posted on 07-04-2014)