For the three phase panchayat elections, voting will be held on June 18, 21 and 24 and the counting of votes will be done on June 27.
The police are finalising their strategy for smooth conduct of the polls. Uttarakhand has remote and inaccessible terrain in the hill districts and officials are gearing up to meet the challenges. The polls would be held in 7,657 villages of the state except those in Haridwar district where the polling process would be held later. In Dehradun, polling would be held in the first phase in the Chakrata and Vikasnagar blocks. Polling would be held in the second phase at Kalsi and Sahaspur blocks and the polling would be held in the third phase on the Doiwala and Raipur blocks. Owing to the local nature of the elections, there is a greater possibility of clashes and skirmishes among groups. Village politics is fraught with factionalism and there are higher chances of trouble. Deputy inspector general of police Amit Sinha has held several meetings wherein he has instructed policemen to keep a vigil during the polls. The police have also been asked to keep a watch on trouble makers.
In compliance with the instructions, circle officers have started conducting meetings with eminent persons seeking their cooperation and support in maintaining law and order.
Additional director general of police Ram Singh Meena said the biggest task before the police is to ensure free and fair polls. “We will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the elections are held without trouble. All the necessary instructions are being given for that,” he said. Meanwhile, state election commissioner Subardhan held a meeting on Wednesday with observers and asked them to conduct polls with objectivity and transparency.
Subardhan said that the observers must study all rules and regulations. These will help them in conducting elections in a better way. He added that it will have to be ensured that the poorest person participates in the election process. He emphasised on the role of observers to hold the elections with responsibility. According to an official note, Subardhan gave directions to the observers to hold the meeting of election officer, police officials and zonal magistrates to ensure compliance with code of conduct, peace and order, security, arrangements of distribution of election material. He has also asked them to keep an eye on sensitive areas.