Map vulnerability of voters dynamically, Bengal officials told

Kolkata March 13 (IANS) Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Saxena on Sunday instructed all district magistrates (DM) and superintendents of police (SP) of poll-bound West Bengal to “map vulnerability” of voters “in a dynamic way”.

“Instructions which have been issued very recently are to make vulnerability mapping and criticality analysis. Mapping has started long ago but it has to be in a dynamic way. Depending on how the situation is emerging, DMs, SPs and everybody should be preparing themselves,” Saxena told reporters after meeting the DMs and SPs of the all districts.

“For phase one, filing of nomination has started, so taking into account all the immediate features or developments which are taking place, vulnerability mapping has to be made (mapped) by everybody and suitable actions should be taken,” he said.

Saxena said the poll panel was preparing itself for all types of eventuality as per the emerging picture.

“This (mapping) is one of the aspects. Apart from that, very close monitoring would be done for all the developments happening through the use of various IT applications,” he said.

“Many of the new initiatives are being taken in West Bengal also. It will be presented before the commission tomorrow (Monday),” he said.

The full bench of the Commission is scheduled to arrive here on Monday.

“Our aim would be that anywhere if anything is happening, it should be immediately acted upon,” he said.

He said complainants should be given feedbacks on the status of their complaints.

Samadhan, a complaint monitoring system and Suvidha, the single window system has been launched and it is active, he said.

“Thousands of applications are coming which are immediately being responded too. I am seeing some live figures in which out of 2000 odd number of applications, almost all has been disposed off. A very few is left, that also within the time limit will be disposed off,” Saxena said.

West Bengal is scheduled to hold seven-phase elections from April 4 to May 5. On Saturday, the Election Commission issued notification for 18 seats which would go to the hustings in the first phase.

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