Jagatsinghpur, April 16 (LocalWire): The Election Commission of India has taken several steps to conduct free and fair election in Assembly and Lok Sabha elections but the names of polling personnel have been disclosed on a website which may hinder the poll process.
Earlier, the name of the presiding officer, polling officer, placement of booths, where they will be on polling duty or the name of Assembly constituencies were not disclosed 20 to 30 days prior to election date for free and fair election.
But since last week, messages were forwarded on social media disclosing the names of booths and constituencies where polling officers were given polling duty.
One can view the electoral roll by using the website www.ceoorissa.nic.in/viewroll.html
Each polling officer has been asked to open this link to know their election duty and the name of the polling booths in the specified Assembly constituencies. There is a second option in which polling officers have to type the name of their constituencies which has been mentioned on duty order issued by the district election officer.
Then, they are advised to open a third option in which all the booths will be opened. After opening it, last three digit numbers of group numbers are mentioned and order duty has to be typed in the box.
Later, it will show the name of booths where polling personnel will be on election duty.
The district information officer of National Information Centre, Tapas Kumar Patra, said, ‘We have received this message but when we contacted the higher authorities of NIC we were told such a website has not been updated so it seems fake one.’
A retired revenue officer said secrecy was maintained so that there was no possibility of bias by political party candidates.
Many school teachers and other officials who have been put on election duty said, ‘We have received this message on our WhatsApp and searched the name of schools, booths and constituencies where we will perform our polling duty.
We also contacted local teachers and other villagers to provide arrangement on the arrival of the polling party.’
Women polling personnel are also dissatisfied since they have been engaged in polling duty on election day at remote booths.