The commissioning of EVM for upcoming municipality poll was held in Itanagar on Thursday.

The commissioning of electronic voting machines (EVM) for the upcoming municipality poll was held at the Siddhartha Hall at Itanagar on Thursday.

Itanagar Capital Region deputy commissioner and municipal election officer Komkar Dulom, election observer Ranphoa Ngowa, municipal returning officer (MRO), assistant MRO, elections candidates and their representatives/election agents were present on the occasion.

The commissioning process was supervised by EVM in-charge Lod Takkar and Geology and Mining deputy director R K Sona and a team led by the engineers from Kolkata-based Electronic Corporations of India Limited.

The EVMs were later kept in the strong room under the strict vigil of security personnel.

At Ziro: Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner and district election officer Swetika Sachan on Thursday reviewed the infrastructural preparedness of polling stations in the district for the ensuing Panchayat elections.

Addressing a review meeting at her office here, the DC, while briefing the sector magistrates on their roles and responsibilities, called for unified efforts from them for the smooth conduct of the rural polls.

“The onus of conducting the elections successfully lays on the shoulders of the sector magistrates as well. Therefore, right from assessing the basic facilities, road conditions, and network connectivity etc, the role of a sector magistrate is vital,” the DC said while requesting the senior officers to ponder upon their duties sincerely.

She further directed the officers to personally visit the polling stations assigned to them to assess the infrastructure requirements.

“The police and the administration also have to work hand in hand for the peaceful conduct of the elections,” she said while discussing the security arrangements with SP Harsh Indora.

A total of 11 sector magistrates have been appointed in the Lower Subansiri district to look after 63 polling stations.

The panchayat and municipal body elections are scheduled to be held simultaneously in the state on December 22.

DAMIEN LEPCHA

Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: lepcharaul@gmail.com