ECI team reviews election preparedness in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Feb17 (UNI) The ECI Team led by Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar and Election Commissioner of India Arun Goel on Saturday conducted a comprehensive review of election preparedness in Odisha.

Over two days, high-level meetings were held with key officials from the state government and enforcement agencies to assess the readiness for the upcoming simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and the State Legislative Assembly of Odisha.

On Saturday the ECI team held discussions with the CEO, State Police Nodal Officers, and CPF Nodal Officers, focusing on crucial aspects of election management.

Subsequently, a meeting was held with representatives from various enforcement agencies such as NCB, State CT GST, CISF, BSF, RBI, ED, and the IT Department.

The ECI team asked the enforcement agencies to ensure a collaborative approach towards maintaining electoral integrity emphasizing the importance of coordinated efforts among all stakeholders to facilitate a seamless electoral process.

The delegation of ECI also included Senior Deputy Election Commissioners Dharmendra Sharma and Nitesh Vyas, Deputy Election Commissioner Manoj Kumar Sahu, Director General of Media B. Narayanan, and Economic Director of the Commission Pankaj Shrivastava.

Odisha CEO cum ACS Nikunja Bihari Dhala and ACEO Dr. N. Thirumala Naik were actively involved in all the discussions with various stakeholders.

In the afternoon, the ECI team had a meeting with the Chief Secretary Pradeep Kumar Jena and DGP Arun Kumar Sarangi and discussed various issues related to election preparedness.

Later Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar and the ECI team addressed the media, shedding light on different dimensions of the upcoming simultaneous election and reaffirming their commitment to ensuring a fair and transparent electoral process in Odisha.

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