ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA Nirvachan Sadan, Ashoka Road, New

City/ State Cover Story दिल्ली/NCR बिहार लोकसभा चुनाव 2024

ECI directs Chief Secretaries and Director General of Police of all States/UTs and
heads of central agencies to ensure peaceful and inducement free General
Elections 2024
Strict vigil to be kept along interstate & international borders to plug inflow of
illicit liquor, cash, drugs, arms and freebies
The Election Commission of India today convened a crucial meeting with all
States/UTs to review and assess the law and order situation, prevention of illicit
activities, seizures and strict vigil across inter-state and international borders in the
ongoing General Elections to Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies 2024 for a
free, fair, peaceful and inducement free elections. The purpose of the combined
review was to bring all concerned stakeholders together on the same platform for a
seamless coordination and cooperation amongst officials of the neighboring states/UTs
along with central agencies guarding the borders. The Commission, in detail,
reviewed critical issues pertaining to each State/UT.
The meeting chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Shri Rajiv Kumar along with ECs
Shri Gyanesh Kumar and Shri Sukhbir Singh Sandhu was attended by top officials from
States/UTs and central agencies guarding the borders CEC Rajiv Kumar in his opening remarks underscored Commission’s commitment to
ensuring free, fair, peaceful, and inducement-free elections, and called upon all
stakeholders to work together seamlessly to uphold the integrity of the electoral
process and ensure level playing field. He directed States/UTs to ensure that every
voter can exercise their right to vote without fear or intimidation. CEC Shri Kumar Key issues discussed during the meeting included the need for enhanced coordination
among neighboring States/UTs, diligent deployment of CAPF provided adequately in
all States/UTs; logistical support for movement and transport on CAPF personnel in
bordering poll going State/UT; identification and monitoring of flashpoints in border
areas that may have ramifications on the election process; preemptive measures to
address communal tensions based on past experiences, and the imperative of securing
porous borders against illegal activities. The Commission underscored the importance
of strict vigilance to curb the movement of contraband items, including narcotics,
liquor, arms, and explosives across international borders. Directed for identification of
exit and entry points for movement of liquor and cash along the borders, curbing of
illegal Ganja cultivation in some states.  alled on all States/UTs and agencies to convert their ‘resolve’ into concrete ‘actions’
for a free, fair, peaceful and intimidation-free elections    The Commission reviewed support from Indian Air force and state civil aviation
department for sorties to ferry polling teams in challenging regions of 11 states like
Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra. Directions were given for adequate
security measures to safeguard political functionaries and candidates based on threat
perception, particularly in states like Chhattisgarh and Jammu & Kashmir. The recent
violence and turmoil in Manipur and ramifications in conduct of peaceful elections
were also addressed, with the Commission urging swift action to assist Internally
Displaced Persons and ensure their participation in the electoral process.
The following general directions were given:
Law & Order related

1. Integrated check posts at International and Inter state borders for strict

surveillance

2. Sharing of Intelligence on criminals and antisocial elements between

bordering districts

3. Sealing of inter-state borders for preventing bogus voting during last 48

hours

4. Regular inter-state coordination meetings of border districts

5. Intensify patrolling on inter-state border districts by state police

6. Additional nakas to be set up at strategic locations in coordination with

bordering states.

7. Seal inter-state border on poll day

8. Excise Commissioners of bordering states/UTs to ensure checking of

genuineness of the permits, surprise checks of liquor shops especially in
border districts.

9. Timely deposition of licensed weapons and execution of Non- Bailable

Warrants
10.Action against absconders, history sheeters, criminals involved in
election related offences
11.Adequate security cover to political functionaries/ candidates based on
threat perception
Expenditure Monitoring:

1. Plugging the inflow of illicit liquor, cash, drugs along inter-state and

international borders.

2. Strengthening monitoring at checkposts with CCTV Camera installation

3. Joint checking and operations by police, excise, transport, GST and

forest department

4. Strict vigil along helipads, airports, bus stations and railway stations

5. Strict action against liquor and drug kingpins; curtail flow of country

made liquor; establish forward and backward linkages to plug it
systemically

6. Mapping of sensitive routes for transport of liquor, cash, drugs and

freebies
Directions to Central Agencies

1. Strict vigil along Indo-Myanmar border by Assam Rifles; Indo Nepal

Border by SSB especially in areas having porous border with Nepal; Indo-
Bangladesh border and western borders by BSF; Indo-China border by
ITBP, and in states with coastal area by Indian Coast Guard.

2. Assam Rifles to hold regular joint security coordination meetings with

State Police, CAPF, etc.

3. SSB to keep strict watch over international borders with Nepal and

Bangladesh for any illicit activity, specially before 72 hours of poll.

4. Ensure area familiarization for newly inducted CAPF companies in

coordination with civil administration.

5. Establish Joint Check Posts in coordination with State Police