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CEO updates EPIC exercises
Published on 5 Jun. 2011 12:19 AM IST
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Chief electoral officer (CEO) J. Alam Saturday informed that 34.8% voters, out of total of 159357 voters from 184 polling stations, had their photograph taken in the last three days of the 25-day long 1st phase of EPIC campaign.
In a communiqué, Alam said the highest response was in Tuensang with 62% followed, by Kohima 45.8% and Mon 44.5% and the lowest in Wokha at 21.4% followed by Longleng with 23.2%.
“Reports are still awaited from some polling stations; it is expected that the photography campaign will pick up speed in the days to come,” Alam said. He said initial reports of isolated malfunctioning of memory chips occurred due to non-formatting of the new memory chips as per instructions contained in the user manuals.
Alam informed that all DCs and DEOs were advised to format every new memory chip and to test the Cameras thoroughly before actual photography. As per reports from the districts, he said problems were resolved and corrective measures taken to prevent recurrence of such problems.
Meanwhile the CEO has requested state power department to increase supply of power to remote districts like Kiphire, Longleng, Peren etc., as recharging of batteries and functioning of communication and IT equipment was vital for success of the campaign.
BSNL chief general manager has also been requested to ensure smooth functioning of landline and mobile communication especially in far off districts for proper communication with BLOs and supervisory officers.
Three nodal officers deputed by CEO’s office are touring all the districts and have already covered the districts of Phek, Kiphire, Tuensang, Longleng and Mon. Other districts would also be covered shortly, Alam said. Constant monitoring of the campaign is being carried out from the CEO’s Office to address any problems reported in the districts.

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