EC team in Assam reviews poll preparations during 3-day visit

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(Eds: Adding details) Guwahati, Jan 13 (PTI) A six-member team of the Election Commission of India held elaborate discussions with senior government officials during their three-day visit to Assam to oversee preparedness for the Assembly polls due in March-April.

The visit of the ECI team, led by director general Dharmendra Sharma, concluded on Wednesday, a state government press release said.

The ECI director general and Assam Chief Electoral Officer Nitin Khade conducted review meetings with divisional commissioners, district deputy commissioners-cum-district election officers, range DIGs and superintendents of police of revenue districts on Monday and Tuesday.

Various issues like electoral roll, EVM/VVPAT, polling stations, transportation, security and COVID-19 issues were discussed at length and feedback was taken from the district officials, the release said.

On Wednesday, the ECI director general held discussions with Chief Secretary Jishnu Baruah, Assam CEO and senior officials to take stock of the preparations for conducting the Assembly polls.

Sharma also held detailed deliberations with the state director general of police, senior officers of income tax, narcotics control bureau and representatives of political parties.

Sharma was accompanied by senior officials of the poll panel, including senior principal secretary Narendra N Butolia, director of expenditure Pankaj Shrivastava, director of IT Ashok Kumar, director of law Vijay Pandey and EVM consultant Vipin Katara, the release said. PTI ESB MM MM