Chandigarh's date with the ballot has been fixed. On April 10, the city's 5.87 lakh voters, up from 5.24 lakh in 2009, will line up at 500 polling stations to elect their lone MP to the 16th Lok Sabha. The administration is gearing up for the event.
UT home secretary-cum-chief election officer Anil Kumar said: "We will organise a special camps on March 8 and March 9 for enrollment of eligible residents, who are yet to get their voter cards made. The voters' list will also be put up at all 500 polling booths, so that the residents can check their status."
The election department will continue the process of making fresh voter cards till the last date for filing nomination, March 22. The department will also a voter-slip to each voter which could be used as proof of identification.
In Chandigarh, according to Census 2011, the net population residing in the rural area is 28,991 and in urban areas is 10,26,459. The literacy rate of the Chandigarh parliamentary constituency is about 76%.
Young voters could prove decisive
With 50% of the voters below the age of 50, the UT election department has been making attempts to attract young voters. There are 18,170 first-time voters, between 18 years and 19 years, of which 11,593 are male and remaining 6,577 female.
The administration is paying a lot of emphasis on motivating voters to cast their votes and have announced incentives like food discount and participation certificates to the voters.
Political parties sensitised
A meeting with the political parties was held in which the chief electoral officer informed about the schedule of elections announced by the ECI for the Chandigarh parliamentary Constituency. The Political Parties were informed that the modal code of conduct has come into effect from today itself after the announcement of elections by the ECI. It was also made aware to Political Parties that the model code of conduct is to be followed by all the Political Parties and the contesting candidates during the process of elections. They were also informed about the limit of expenditure for a candidate for Chandigarh has been enhanced to Rs 54 lakh. The instructions regarding the maintaining of accounts, expenditure, use of vehicles, permissions for holding of rallies, meetings, posters, banners were also give to them.
5,000 cops to be deployed on poll day
Anil Kumar said that more than 5,000 cops would be deployed for security in the city on the polling day. Apart from Chandigarh Police personnel, officials of the Indian Reserve battalion (IRB) and other paramilitary forces will also be pressed into service.