Jagatsinghpur conducts mock election exercise
STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Jagatsinghpur, 7 February
With an eye on the forthcoming general election, the district administration of Jagatsinghpur has launched a mock polling exercise involving the officials from the concerned departments as well as the political parties’ representatives.
Sources said that the objective behind the exercise is to create awareness and to explain the various processes involved in the election to the polling officials and others concerned.
During the exercise, the officials conducted first level checking of the electronic voting machines (EVMs) with help from officials of Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL). “The exercises were held as a part of the election training programme. Though the Election Commission of India has not yet announced the date of forthcoming Parliament and Assembly election, we have taken various steps regarding training the poll officials, awareness of political party leaders , checking of EVMs etc,” said collector Mr Satya Kumar Mallick.
In a bid to ensure that the exercise resembles real election situation, close circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed in the collectorate to monitor the mock polling and supervising the functioning of the EVMs.  “We want to ensure that not even a single voter is deprived of his voting rights,” said collector Mr Mallick.
According to official sources, the nodal officers and sector officers were imparted training who in turn will look after human resource management, EVM management, enforcement of model code of conduct, law and order situation etc during the election process.
The superintendent of police (SP), Jagatsinghpur Mr Satyabrata Bhoi informed that all BDOs, tehsildars, inspectors and other such field level officials should take steps to ensure free and fair election. 
“Police officials have been asked to keep strict vigil on the pre-election violence, to indentify the accused persons having warrant and mischief-mongers persons having arms,” he said.
A senior official informed that about 90 per cent of EVMs required for the election in the district have been brought from Karnataka and Balasore district, and the remaining machines would be arriving shortly.
Among others, ADM Mr Saran Kumar Jena, sub-collector Mr Brajbandhu Bhol and deputy collector (election) Mr Rasmiranjan Das supervised the mock polling exercise.