Elections 2019: ECI team begins review of poll preparations in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: A six-member team of the Election Commission of India (ECI) led by Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa today met the representatives of major political parties in Odisha to discuss the preparations for the upcoming general elections.

The team reportedly held discussions with the representatives of the BJD, BJP, Congress, CPI and other political parties. While Narasingha Mishra led the Congress team, Bhrugu Baxipatra led the BJP delegation for the review meeting. Amar Patnaik and Sasmit Patra represented ruling-BJD delegation, sources said.

The officials of the ECI will also review the preparations with the District Election Officers, Police IGs, SPs and three finance commissions tomorrow. They will then examine the arrangements made for elections with State Chief Electoral Officer, Police Nodal Officers and Central Paramilitary Forces.

Moreover, the Commission is also scheduled to discuss the law and order situation with the Chief Secretary, DGP, Law Department Secretary and central government officials on February 15.