Poll preparations in full swing in East Khasi Hills

Security, voters’ awareness in place

SHILLONG: The East Khasi Hills district administration is leaving no stone unturned to ensure fool-proof security for the Lok Sabha elections on April 11.
Several surveillance and static teams have been activated in the city and other parts of the district. East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner Abhishek Bhagotia said the monitoring teams are vigilant in different parts of the city and the district.
The job of these teams is to ensure that there is check on cash flow beyond the stipulated limit and in case of a recovery, the source of money is substantiated by documents. They are also keeping an eye on illegal liquor supply. On Thursday, it was seen that different teams were conducting checking at various entry and exit points of the town.
Bhagotia assured that the surveillance would not be at the cost of harassment of people. Apart from the checking, security arrangement is also being worked out as the polling day is nearing.
So far, 11 companies of Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPF) have already arrived in the city and more companies are expected to arrive later.
Meanwhile, the administration is also adopting every measure to ensure maximum participation in the electoral process.
From banners, posters to street plays and 3D installations of election-related monoliths, the department is readying Shillong city for the festival of democracy.
As part of the ongoing multi-media campaign on voters’ education and electoral participation and awareness, 3D installations representing the EVM machines and ECI theme have been installed at the Khyndailad rotary. Street plays on various electoral themes covering inclusive and clean ethical voting are also being conducted to ensure maximum participation since there is urban apathy in the city and the turnout of voters is usually not very high.
Bhagotia informed that now video clippings about voting in election will also be played in multiplexes and cinemas in the city to encourage public participation in the election.

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