Staff Reporter, Bhopal
The 26th National Conference of State Election Commissioners began at Hanuvantia of Khandwa district today. State election commissioners of different state presented innovations carried out for free and fair elections in the conference. Nineteen state election commissioners participated in the conference.
Last conference was held in Kutch of Gujarat. Discussion was also held in the conference at Hanuvantia regarding the execution of decisions taken in Kutch conference.
State Election Commissioner of Maharashtra JS Saharia said that Income Tax officers were also deputed to monitor expenditure of candidates in civic elections. B Nagireddy of Telangana informed that expenditure limit was fixed for candidates of punch and sarpanch posts.
The expenditure limit is Rs 10,000 for candidate of punch post. AK Singh of West Bengal said that election dates are decided by state government in West Bengal, unlike other states. SK Shrivastav of Delhi and Chandigarh said that EVMs can be shared by forming zone of neighboring states in order to reduce its expenditure.
Special campaign to add women voters’ name
Madhya Pradesh State Election Commissioner R Parasuram said that a special campaign was launched to add names of women voters in electoral rolls. As a result, the ratio of female voters in per thousand increased from 913 to 931.
He said that it has been made compulsory to make delimitation six months before election schedule. There is the provision to start election process in case of not doing this. Commissioner, Indore division, Sanjay Dubey gave detail of innovations carried out in Madhya Pradesh.
He gave detail of photo carrying voter’s slip, mobile app, e-voter slip, online nomination, e-management and EVM tracking system and others. Dr Baresh Sinha of Gujarat gave detail of innovations carried out there.
Dr Dalip Singh of Haryana informed that different publicity modes were used for increasing voting turnout. Ashok Kumar Chouhan of Bihar made presentation on participation of women in civic polls.
PN Shriniwaschari of Karnataka informed about process of making voters’ list. RK Shrivastava of Goa informed that there is no problem in carrying out all operations online because of availability of internet at panchayat level. Haje Kozin of Arunachal Pradesh, Bhaskaran of Kerala, Prem Singh Mehra of Rajasthan and Kameshwar Rao of Tripura also gave important suggestions.
Booklet ‘Knowledge Sharing Initiative -2017’ was also released in the conference. The welcome address was given by Secretary, State Election Commission, Smt Sunita Tripathi.
In the conference, Chhattisgarh State Election Commissioner Thakur Ram Singh, Saline Kabra of Jammu Kashmir, Narendra Kumar of Union Territories and officials of MP State Election Commission were present.