Centre to provide 30 coys for polls
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, January 17: Even though the Centre has agreed to provide 30 companies of security personnel for the forthcoming 8th Assembly election, the State administration thinks the 30 company would not be sufficient and Advisor EN Rammohan will be air dashing to New Delhi to meet Home Ministry officials and other ministries for additional forces.

An official release today said that the additional forces will arrive here from the first week of February.

The release further said that a Security Co-ordination meeting was held at Mini Conference Hall at 12 noon today with the Chief Secretary presiding.

Top officials from defence, para-military forces, State police, Intelligence, Transport and Election Department attended the meeting.

The meeting discussed at great length all the angles of providing security to Election Observers, Returning Officers, candidates and polling stations.

The meeting also decided to requisition five helicopters for the second phase polls in the hill areas.

Meanwhile Liankunga, Secretary in the Bihar Government who is one of the Election Observers of Thoubal district arrived today.

CR Brahman, Secretary, ECI and his Under Secretary Standhope Yahlung also arrived today to study the steps taken up by the State Government for the upcoming election.

In the meantime State CEO today has started issuing vehicles to the Observers and DCs in connection with the forthcoming election.

Five cars have been allotted to Imphal West while the DC Senapati has been allotted two cars and two Gypsys.

Three cars for Thoubal, three cars for Bishnupur and three cars for the Joint Chief Electoral Officer were issued.

Fifty vehicles for security escorts have also been kept aside.

The number of vehicles to be allotted to election officials are yet to be decided as respective DCs have still not submitted their reports.

However, the Government has received demands from Imphal West to requisition 22 vehicles, while from Kangpokpi the demand is 28 buses, 20 trucks and 25 light vehicles.