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LG calls for maintaining neutrality, fairness of election process

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Instructs DCs, SPs to ensure free movement of candidates of all parties

Jammu:  Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Wednesday reviewed preparedness for the ensuing District Development Council (DDC) elections and Panchayats and Urban Local Bodies (ULB) by-polls at a high-level meeting with Divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, and Superintendents of Police.

According to an official press release, the Divisional Commissioners of Jammu and Kashmir briefed the LG about the status of preparedness regarding the elections, particularly the logistical issues in view of the snowfall in remote hilly regions across the Union Territory.

During the review, the LG directed the officers to take all the requisite measures to maintain neutrality and ensure free and fair election.

He directed them to take all the preemptive measures for the smooth and peaceful conduct of the elections, besides availability of basic facilities be ensured for the security forces and polling staff.

“DCs and SPs must meticulously ensure free movement of candidates of all parties, security arrangements and other preparatory measures for the ensuing elections,” he added.

Ensure all the facilities for people in far-flung areas so that everyone can exercise their right to vote irrespective of caste, creed, religion, or gender, said the LG.

Meanwhile, during the review of COVID-19 management and control efforts in J&K, the LG also took first-hand appraisal of the preparations regarding the COVID vaccine delivery in the backdrop of Prime Minister’s video-conference on Tuesday.

The LG asked the Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education Department, Atal Dulloo, to plan in advance and prioritize the delivery of the vaccine.

He asked the officers to ensure that all the COVID related SOPs and advisories are followed during elections also.

Later, the LG also took stock of the winter preparedness and logistic arrangements being made by the various departments across the UT. He asked the concerned officers to ensure uninterrupted drinking water and power supply, availability of public utilities like firewood, ration, medicines and other basic amenities and essential supplies, during the harsh winter days, especially in remote and difficult terrain areas, the press release said.

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