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ELECTION OFFICERS MEET NAVI MUMBAI POLICE TO ENSURE LAW AND ORDER DURING UPCOMING ELECTIONS

Following the guidelines of the Election Commission, a meet was held between the Election Officers and the Navi Mumbai Police to discuss the security measures needed to be taken and to ensure that law and order was maintained in the city during the upcoming state assembly elections. Monika Bhosale gives us the details. With elections just round the corner, the Election Officer and Police department have the biggest responsibility and challenge of maintaining law and order in the city. Hence, both the departments held a meet at CIDCO Bhavan to discuss on the rules of the Election Code of Conduct and measures to maintain law and order. Present in the meet was Belapur’s returning Officer Vaidahi Ranade, DCP Zone 1 Ashok Dhudhe, DCP Crime D T Shinde and other police officials. Addressing the officials, DCP Zone 1 Ashok Dhudhe stressed on the need to follow the Election Code of Conduct rules. He said that if any polling booth was found to have any disruption of the law, then the officer in-charge of the booth would be held responsible. He urged his officer to not work under biasness. He also stressed on preventive measures like combing operations and naka bandis so that the voting process goes on smoothly without disruption by anti social elements. DCP Crime D T Shinde said that the book given to officers in lieu of elections should be read so that they are aware of the rules and regulations. Belapur’s Returning Officer Vaidahi Ranade informed all the officers in detail about the rules mentioned in the book. She spoke on topics like limitations of the police, compulsory Ids for police and knowledge of the working of the voting machines, in case a technical default does occur. She also said that the vulnerability mapping pockets would be given more attention to maintain law and order. Speaking to the media she also highlighted other points. The nomination filing has started from today and will be till September 25. On September 26 scrutiny would be done and till Sep 29, candidates can withdraw their nominations. The distribution of the voting machines to be sent to polling booths would be done from the Rajiv Gandhi Krida Sankul, CBD. The counting centre would be Sacred Heart School, Vashi. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.

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