Commissions share experiences to strengthen SECs, says Kojeen

27th national conference of SECs

By A O News Service

ITANAGAR, Dec 06: Arunachal Pradesh State Election Commissioner Hage Kojeen, who took part in two-day State Election Commissioners (SECs)’ meeting at Mysuru, said the national conference is a forum to share experiences to sharing success stories and enhances our knowledge to update ourselves for improving functioning of the constitutional bodies.

Kojeen, while talking to this daily over telephone, said that 16 agendas were discussed threadbare, including introduction of IT for online voting in elections, strict adherence to existing act and rules, particularly 243 (K) of the Constitution (panchayat) and  243 (Za) for urban local bodies and rural local bodies, number of SECs, among others.

When he pointed out that Election Commission of India (ECI) is a multi-member constitutional body, while he was lone SEC in Arunachal Pradesh, it was clarified that most of the states have 29-mebser SEC. On oath taking of SEC, it was clarified that there was no such guideline either for ECI or SEC.

Though online voting in elections was evoked keen interest after Gujarat SEC SEC Dr Varesh Sinha cited the example of elections to municipal corporations of Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Junagadh, and Bhavanagar in 2015, adding first ever online voting option in India was offered to the urban voters who had either a laptop or a desktop. “It was not offered on mobile phones,” he said.

However, such online voting was not feasible in hilly Arunachal, particularly in rural areas due to poor IT connectivity, Kojeen had clarified.

When enquired about appointment of panchayat election observers, it was informed that though there was specific rule, but retired IAS could be appointed for the purpose.

With controversy over EVMs could be manipulated during voting, chairman & MD of manufacturers Bharat Electronic Ltd and PCIL gave point to point clarification about safety aspects of these equipments, he informed.

The SECs also hold frequent regional meetings, like one held in Haryana (NE zone) and Tawang (NE zone), while Mumbai hosted international conference in October 25-26 last which was highly educative.

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