Over 1.95 lakh voters play the judge in a predominantly three-cornered contest on Wednesday as two-time Congress MLA DK Bansal is locked in a tough battle with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s Gian Chand Gupta, realtor Kulbhushan Goyal of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and Hayana Janhit Congress’ Ravinder Rawal, with 13 others.
In Kalka, sitting MLA Pardeep Chaudhary of INLD is in a close fight with BJP’s Latika Sharma, Congress’ Manvir Kaur Gill, Bahujan Samaj Party’s Satvinder Rana, Haryana Jan Chetna Party’s Shakti Rani Sharma and seven others as 1.56 lakh voters exercise their franchise.
A mock poll will held in front of agents of candidates from 6 am to 7 am and the real deal runs from 7 am to 6 pm. Voters who enter the polling station up to 6 pm can vote.
2,000 cops on duty
More than 2,000 cops are on duty at Panchkula district, including two paramilitary companies. All SHOs and ACPs are on duty.
The Haryana government has declared Wednesday as a public holiday in all offices/ boards/ corporations/ institutions under it on account of the election.
In the absence of electoral photo IDs, passport, driving licence, service identity card, PAN card, Aadhar card, bank or post office passbook, MGNREGA job card or a health insurance card issued by the ministry of labour, a pension document with photograph and authenticated photo voter slip can be used as the proof.
Ambulance at polling stations every two hours
All polling stations will be equipped with facility of power, drinking water, toilets and ramps for the physically-challenged. Within 200 metre of a polling station, no political party will be allowed to put up tent, flags or other publicity material. Every polling station will have a booth-level officer, who will also distribute voter slips. An ambulance will visit every polling station once in two hours with doctors.
“There are 100 booths, seven in Panchkula and 93 in Kalka where video recording will be done. At the rest of the polling centres we are sending 140 micro-observers,” said Manju Aggarwal, district informatics officer, Panchkula.
All EVMs from Kalka assembly constituency will be deposited at Government College for Girls, sector 14, Panchkula, and those from Panchkula, EVMs will be submitted at the community centre of BEL Colony in Sector 14. Counting takes place on October 19.
Vote and get discounts
Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) Young Indians (Yi) Chandigarh tricity chapter has launched ‘Show the Ink, See Prices Sink Campaign’ under which voters can claim 10 - 50 % discounts, offers and attractive deals at more than 300 outlets on October 16, 17 and 18. Voters have to put their pictures with inked finger on Trideal’s FB page or can call at 0172-4648111.