//Speed up arrest of criminals: EC tells poll-bound states

Speed up arrest of criminals: EC tells poll-bound states

New Delhi, Feb 20 (UNI) The Election Commission today asked assembly poll-bound Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Pondicherry to speed up execution of non-bailable warrants, seizure of illegal arms, ammunition and explosives and enforce the model code of conduct in letter and spirit to ensure free and fair elections.

The instructions were issued at a meeting the full commission held with the Chief Secretaries, Directors General of Police and other senior officials, convened to review the preparedness for the April/May elections.

The meeting, chaired by Chief Election Commissioner B B Tandon, was also attended by N Gopalaswami and Navin B Chawla.
The other issues that came up for discussion included final publication of electoral rolls, issue of electors photo identity cards, execution of non-bailable warrants (NBWs), law and order situation and transfer of officials as per the standing instructions of the commission.
While the commission noted progress in the execution of warrants, it wanted urgent steps on other matters.
The top officials were asked to keep a close watch on the conduct of officials engaged in election duty in order to ensure their total neutrality and impartiality.
No civil or police official against whom any chargesheet has been filed in a court of law or departmental action has been initiated for election-related misconduct be associated with the polls, the commission said.
The commission asked all Chief Electoral Officers to look into various complaints received from political parties, public and other stakeholders without any delay.