Vastavam web: The Election Commission has asked the Odisha government to seal its border with the poll bound Chhattisgarh, an official said Wednesday. The assembly elections in Chhattisgarh will be held in two phases – on November 12 and November 20. “The state government has been told to seal its border with Chhattisgarh in order to ensure a free and fair elections in that state,” Odisha’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Surendra Kumar said. The eight districts are Sundergarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Nuapada, Nabarangpurm Malkangiri, Kalahandi and Koraput.
On November 5, Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat and the two election commissioners addressed senior Odisha government officials in a video conference, which was attended by district magistrates of these eight Districts. Surendra Kumar and other officials of the CEO’s office also attended the conference. “It appears to be a herculean task to check movement of Maoist elements in view of the absence of enough security forces in the state,” the sources said.