For the assembly elections in five states, fifteen former bureaucrats with electoral experience have been selected as special observers.
The Election Commission (EC) stated that they will oversee and supervise the work of the electoral machinery in their allocated states, ensuring that strict and effective action is taken in response to intelligence inputs and complaints.
These officers will serve as the commission’s eyes and ears on the ground, ensuring free, fair, and voter-friendly elections, according to the statement. The officers will serve in Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh as special generals, police, and expenditure observers.
Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra welcomed the special observers, saying that the main goal of deploying special observers was to ensure that the election process was fair.
The overriding aim of sending special observers, according to Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra, is to objectively assess poll preparedness, identify crucial gaps, and help the electoral machinery in the field to achieve impartial, inducement-free, peaceful, and COVID-safe elections. He stated that these top officers’ impartiality, fairness, visibility, accessibility, and vigilance will ensure that the commission’s directives are followed to the word and spirit.