Election Commission to announce poll dates for 5 states today
Union Home Ministry will provide around 85,000 security personnel for deployment in the upcoming assembly elections in the five states.
Prior to releasing the dates for 5 poll-bound states today, Election Commission held a meeting with Chief Electoral Officers of poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa to fine-tune the arrangements.
Reportedly the blockade in Manipur by some Naga groups had the attention of the Election commission.
Furthermore, in the meeting the assessment of the law and order situation, deployment of polling personnel, safety and electronic voting machines and strict implementation of the model code of conduct also came up for discussion.
The Union Home Ministry in its report informed Election Commission about the ground report of the situation in Manipur following the blockade of National Highway 2 by United Naga Council and the state government's alleged "failure" to resume normal traffic even after 60 days.
However, Union Home Ministry will provide around 85,000 security personnel for deployment in the upcoming assembly elections in the five states.
In addition to this, it was further conveyed by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi that it would provide around 750 companies of paramilitary forces for smooth conduct of the election process in the five states. Furthermore, around 100 companies, most of which belong to State Armed Police Forces and India Reserve Battalions, will also be drawn from different states for deployment of election duties.
A company of paramilitary force comprises of around 100 personnel.
According to the reports, the Election Commission plans to hold seven-phased assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and single-phased in the other states.