Keep strict vigil on borders for peaceful polls: EC

Bhopal: The Election Commission of India conducted an important meeting with the authorities of all States/UTs to review and assess the law and order situation during the Lok Sabha elections, prevention of illegal activities, seizures and to ensure strict surveillance at inter-State and international borders. The objective of the joint review is to bring all concerned stakeholders on a single platform for seamless coordination and co-operation between the Central agencies guarding the borders as well as the authorities of neighboring States/UTs for free, fair, peaceful and inducement free elections. The Commission reviewed in detail all the important issues related to each State/Union Territory.

The meeting, chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Shri Rajeev Kumar, was attended by Election Commissioners Shri Gyanesh Kumar and Shri Sukhbir Singh Sandhu along with top officials of states/UTs and central agencies guarding the borders.

Chief Election Commissioner Shri Rajiv Kumar underlined the Commission’s commitment to ensure free, fair, peaceful and inducement-free elections and urged all stakeholders to work together to maintain the integrity of the electoral process and ensure equal opportunity. He directed the States/UTs to ensure that every voter can exercise his right to vote without any fear or intimidation. Shri Kumar called upon all States/UTs and agencies to convert their ‘resolve’ into concrete ‘action’ for free, fair, peaceful and fear-free elections.

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