Sat. Apr 13th, 2024

Lok Sabha Elections Live Update: Election Commission Transfers 8 DMs and 12 SPs Across 5 States

The upcoming Lok Sabha elections are witnessing significant developments as the Election Commission takes proactive measures to ensure a fair and transparent electoral process across various states in India. In a bid to maintain strict vigilance and oversight, the Election Commission has appointed former civil servants as special observers, both in General and Police roles, in key states with substantial populations.

Special Observers have been deployed in states such as West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Bihar, where the population exceeds seven crore. Additionally, they have been stationed in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, where simultaneous assembly elections are scheduled to take place. This strategic deployment aims to uphold the integrity of the electoral process and address any potential issues that may arise during the polling period.

In parallel, Special Expenditure Observers have been assigned to monitor election-related expenditures in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, and Odisha. These measures underscore the Election Commission’s commitment to curbing electoral malpractices and ensuring a level playing field for all political parties.

Amidst these preparations, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has unveiled its list of candidates for the Odisha assembly polls, which coincide with the Lok Sabha elections. Notably, the party has nominated 112 candidates, including key figures like Manmohan Samal contesting from Chandabali and former chief Suresh Pujari from Brarajarajnagar. With 147 seats in the Odisha assembly, the BJP emerges as a formidable contender against the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) led by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Despite initial talks for an alliance between BJP and BJD, negotiations faltered due to disagreements over seat-sharing arrangements.

In another development, the Congress party welcomed the Supreme Court’s notice to the Election Commission and the Centre regarding a plea seeking a complete count of Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips. The Congress termed this notice as an “important first step” towards ensuring transparency in the electoral process and urged for a swift resolution before the commencement of Lok Sabha polls.

These ongoing developments underscore the heightened political activity and the meticulous planning underway as India gears up for one of its most significant democratic exercises, the Lok Sabha elections. With various stakeholders closely monitoring and participating in the electoral process, the stage is set for a closely contested and impactful electoral battle across the country.

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