Jalandhar: Even as the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) took a serious note, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) V K Singh on Tuesday termed the Nabha jail-break incident as an ‘exceptional case’ and said that once elections were announced, all security measures would be in store for free-and-fair elections in Punjab.
The CEO said that though a security review was done post the jail-break but it was a decision to be taken by the MHA and the Election Commission of India (ECI) that elections were held in a peaceful manner. “Exceptions are there but Punjab government and the administration are enterprising to help control such issues,” he added.
Singh also emphasised that the ECI constitution has a provision that once elections were announced, adequate measures were taken for peaceful polls. “We were keeping a watch on such activities to ensure that no untoward incident takes place during assembly elections,” he said.
The Chief Electoral Officer along with former Premier of British Columbia (Canada) Ujjal Dosanjh and a host of senior officials was at Lovely Professional University (LPU) Phagwara to launch SVEEP portal ‘’sveeppunjab.in’ and a Punjab Election Commission postal stamp.
Talking to the media, the CEO dodged a query on gangs operating in Punjab and if any fresh instructions were issued by him to the Punjab
Chandigarh: The Election Commission has asked the AAP to submit its manifestos for Punjab, including the ones it released on dalits and farmers, as it is mandatory for parties.
The matter was raised by the Election Commission recently in a meeting with representatives of the political parties in poll-bound Punjab.
“It is mandatory to submit the manifestos to the Election Commission once they are released. Since the Aam Aadmi Party was the first one to release the manifesto, we have asked them to furnish two copies of each of their manifestos,” a senior EC official said. Last week, the AAP had come up with a Dalit manifesto in Punjab, a state that has over 25 per cent of the population from the community. AAP Convenor Arvind Kejriwal had also announced that the deputy chief minister of the state would be a Dalit.DP
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