The decision was taken at a joint meeting of election officials from both states held in Shillong.
    
Elections in the two constituencies in Meghalaya would be held on April 9, while the first phase of polling in Assam would begin on April 7.
    
The two states share an inter-state border of about 800 kms.
    
"This meeting was called to sort out all issues related to conducting peaceful, free and fair elections in both states," Meghalaya Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Prashant Naik told reporters after the meeting.
    
Stating that one of the major issues was maintenance of law and order, besides movement of polling parties and also requirement of logistics, Naik said, "We have requested Assam to help with vehicles because we are running short of them, especially in the Garo Hills sector."
    
With Assam also going for polls, he said that state also required some coordination to manage the dry days and movement of polling parties and maintaining law and order.
    
"All these have been discussed and we decided to extend full cooperation to each other," the CEO said.
    
Assam Additional Chief Election Officer RC Jain said that the meeting was regarding maintenance of law and order during elections in both the states.
    
"We are depending on each other," he said, informing that polling material of 101 polling stations of Meghalaya would be passing through Assam and they were looking at
providing logistics and other requirements.

Meanwhile, both states have agreed to beef up security to check movement of militant groups along the inter-state border.
    
"All coordinating and action points have been discussed regarding law and order," Naik said, refusing to disclose the details.
    
Admitting that there are some issues regarding movement of militant groups along the border, he said, "Of course yes, we have certain militant groups operating in certain parts of the state and we need to check their activities, we need to ensure peaceful elections."
    
Expressing concerns on movement of extremists, Jain said, "We have requested the Meghalaya government to look into the issue. From Assam's part, we have also taken care of it since this meeting is totally for coordination during the polls."
    
During the meeting, the Assam government has also requested its counterpart to declare dry days along the inter-state border areas.
    
"We requested Meghalaya that, as per the EC guidelines, two dry days should be functional on its side to restrict easy availability of liquor before the elections,"
Jain said.
    
To this, the Meghalaya CEO informed dry days in the areas bordering Assam would start from the evening of April 5.
    
With regards to the issue of dual voters, both states have admitted of having detected quite a few number of cases in their respective electoral rolls.
    
Jain said the issue of dual voters was taken care of during the electoral process and both states have detected them. He said, most cases detected were of residents along the border areas.
    
"I would like people to come forward and complain. If at all any action is to be taken, somebody has to complain, somebody has to let us know," Naik said, while informing that in Meghalaya, only six cases were detected from the Garo Hills and action would be taken as per law.     

With regards to the 12 areas of differences between Meghalaya and Assam, Naik said the two states have decided to maintain ‘status-quo’ as per the Supreme Court order.

(Agencies)

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