Tightening its grip on the UP administration for slackness in preparations for the impending Assembly election, Election Commission on Wednesday expressed displeasure on the slow progress in the issuance of Electors Photo Identity Cards (EPIC).
At a high level meeting convened by the EC to review the poll preparedness, the UP Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and the Director General of Police were conveyed the Commission's "displeasure" over the tardy progress on EPIC issue.
The Commission made it clear that the "maximisation" of the EPIC coverage was "not negotiable". The meeting chaired by the Chief Election Commissioner was also attended by the two Election Commissioners.
The Commission directed the state authorities to carry out a district level review of the EPIC issue and fix responsibility for slow progress wherever it is detected.
The non-performers should be identified and held accountable, UP officials were directed, an EC source said. In this connection, the state government has also been directed to submit a compliance report related to the implementation of its fresh directives.
The issue of EPIC cropped amidst an overall review of the poll preparations in the state. The entire gamut of issues related to law and order were discussed by the panel with the state officials.
In a fresh initiative, the EC has also issued instructions that all officials, including the policemen, connected with the poll process and having completed three-year stint in a district, should be transferred immediately. The officials were asked to file a compliance report on the transfer issue by February 12.
It may be recalled that the EC had on Friday ordered suspension of two officials of the Kanpur division for "derelictio" of poll related duties. The two officials were found wanting in the discharge of their duties related to revision of electoral rolls.
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