Media interaction held for ensuring free and fair election
Arms deposit deadline ends today
IMPHAL| Jan 10
The District Election Officer, Imphal West Robert Singh Kshetrimayum has today sought the cooperation of the media in ensuring a free and fair election in the state.
A media interaction program was held today at DC office complex at Lamphelpat with participation of mediapersons, Election Nodal Officers, Returning Officers, AROs of all 13 constituencies in Imphal West district.
DC Robert who is also the DEO chaired the interaction.
Reviewing the election Model Code of Conduct enforced on January 4 by Election Commission of India, DEO Robert appealed to media houses to adhere to the guidelines of ECI and Press Council of India (PCI) and to refrain from publishing paid news.
The office has activated a internet based public complaint redressal mechanisim application called Samadhan; Suvidha for application of organising public meetings; and expenditure monitoring and technology oriented management of vehicles for smooth administering and enforcing the Model Code of Conduct.
Participating in the interaction SP Imphal West N Herojit Meitei informed media persons that the district police had already asked all license arms holders in the district to deposit their arms at the nearest police station by tomorrow.
Under instructions of Election Commission of India, he said, his department has started collecting licensed arms and the collection must be completed seven days after the election notification was issued.
Those arms collected during drives conducted after tomorrow will be treated as confiscation and legal actions will be taken accordingly, informed N Herojit Meitei.
Nodal officer of SAMADHAN Ph Bhavananda, during the meeting pointed out that almost 231 complaints have been registered so far, out of which 210 have been disposed and 21 still in progress, it said.
Nodal officer SUGAM RK Jayantakumar stressed on the management of vehicles using application software for ensuring transparency and proper management of vehicles for election purpose, it added.
Nodal officer of expenditure, Salam Somorendro explained that the cut off limit for expenditure for the coming election of a candidate contesting in the election for our state should not exceed 20 lakhs.
Nodal officer of media communications, Kishan Longjam elaborated on the important aspects of paid news starting from its basic definition to its most critical aspects.
The DEO, Imphal West thanked the media persons for actively participating in the interaction programme by raising important issues pertaining to conduct of free, fair and peaceful election, it added.