Regional Commissioner Kalaburagi Subodh Yadav has instructed officials involved in poll duty to follow the clear instructions of the Election Commission in conducting the elections in a free and fair manner.
He was presiding over a meeting in Ballari-Koppal on Tuesday to review preparedness of the district administrations for conducting the elections smoothly.
Mr. Yadav underlined the need for members of all committees formed for the smooth conduct of elections, to have a proper understanding of their duties and responsibilities and discharge them effectively.
“Be clear while discharging your duties and avoid giving any room for confusion and controversies. On getting complaints, however, small they may be, conduct a thorough enquiry and report them to the Election Commission in writing,” he said.
Mr. Yadav insisted that Excise officials should step up vigil on the sale of liquor.
When he insisted that officials should also monitor bank transactions, Ballari Deputy Commissioner Ramprasath Manohar said: “We are collecting the information daily.”
He also reviewed police bandobast and steps taken to set up check-posts, get licenced arms deposited and the number of police personnel drafted for poll duty, among other things.
Mr. Yadav instructed the officials concerned not to harass those coming for permissions and dispose of applications within the stipulated time. At the same time, ensure that political parties and candidates avail of permission as per norms for all their activities. In turn, Mr. Ramprasath said that a single-window system was in place to issue permissions.
Inspector-General Police (Ballari range) Nanjundaswamy and ZP CEO K. Nitish attended the meeting in Ballari.
In Koppal, Deputy Commissioner P. Suneel Kumar explained about the steps taken for the smooth conduct of the elections and also in enforcing the model code of conduct strictly.
Superintendent of Police Renuka Sukumar and ZP CEO R.S. Peddappaiah attended the meeting.