observers sent by the Election Commission have reached the
concerning constituencies. Chief Election Commissioner
Shri N. Gopalaswamy has explained to the observers the
duties assigned to them in connection with Vidhan Sabha
elections. This time separate observers will not be
appointed for checking the poll expenditure of candidates
and keeping an eye on election process. The observers will
have to carry out both the responsibilities now.
Chief Election Commissioner told the observers that their
role is vital in ensuring free and fair polls. They will
have to become an effective link between the commission
and the field workers. These observers will remain under
the commission's command till completion of the election
observers will have to keep an eye on every election
process including publicity, polling, counting and
declaration of results. They will also oversee
randomization of electronic voting machines, training to
polling staff and voters' awareness programme. The
commission has instructed the observers to review the
deployment of Central police force in their respective
areas wherever necessary. They will also oversee
identification of critical polling booths and vulnerable
areas where complaints of intimidation and harassment of
voters are often received.
observers have been instructed to have all the critical
events and incidents videographed at the polling booths
during the election process. The commission has also
instructed to prepare a comprehensive communication plan
in consultation with district election officers so that
there is effective communication between various officials
on the day of voting.
per the commission's instructions, these observers will be
assisted by micro observers who will keep a close eye on
the voting process with a view to ensuring its sanctity.
The micro observers will submit their reports to
after completion of election process, the observers and
micro observers will submit their reports to the
commission in a special format.