East Siang ready for polls: DEO | 87-yr-old war veteran among 48,946 voters cast home vote

PASIGHAT, Apr 11: One retired Assam Riffle soldier Tamur Tatak, 87, of Rani village, cast his vote from home near here on Thursday and lauded East Saing district administration for felicitating to exercise his democratic right.

Tatak, who had fought in Indo-China war 1962, had sustained severe injuries due to grenade attack and become crippled and hard of hearing.

Total 41 voters of 85+ age group and 15 PwD electors of the district joined home voting process during April 8 to 10. For home voting, polling personnel visited their homes. Citizens aged 85 years and above and those with a minimum of 40% disability were eligible for home voting.

The active participation of elderly voters underscored the significance of democratic process, DEO-cum-DC Tayi Taggu said.

East Siang is fully prepared for the ‘biggest festival of democracy’, Taggu said ahead of ensuing simultaneous polls and stressed the importance of conducting the polls transparently with fairness and efficiency.

Total 48,946 voters are eligible to decide fates of three MLAs and one MP seat in the district, according to election office

He urged all officers and employees on poll duties to ensure that electoral process proceeds smoothly without any discrepancy. “I have been inspecting facilities available in polling booths and holding series of meetings to ensure adequate security measures, efficient expenditure monitoring and seamless coordination among different administrative units to felicitate successful electoral process,” he said.

Phase-wise trainings were given to all officials on poll duty, including magistrates and police personnel according to ECI guidelines. Moreover, commissioning and campaign of EVMs and SVEEP were completed and webcasting arrangement made while 868 persons have applied for postal ballot so far, he said.

ECI expenditure observer and general observer stationed here are closely monitoring all situations, which are normal as no untoward incident has been reported.

All committees and teams formed for smooth conduct of elections are working sincerely and the respective nodal officers are reporting on daily basis, he added.

The FST and SST teams along with police have seized Rs 36,24,400 cash and IMFL worth Rs 7,10,556 during surprise checking and at naka so far. (DIPRO)

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