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HindustanTimes Sun,23 Nov 2014

Poll body vows booth comfort

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 09, 2014
First Published: 01:59 IST(9/4/2014) | Last Updated: 10:59 IST(9/4/2014)

With just a day to go for polling, the Delhi Electoral Office is pulling out all stops to ensure that voting is free and fair in the city on April 10. 
Campaigning for the election came to an end at 6 pm on Tuesday, 48 hours before polling ends.

Delhi’s chief electoral officer Vijay Dev said that the ‘sealing’ of Delhi’s border also started at the same time to stop the movement of cash, liquor and ‘pehelwans’ (strongmen) across the states.

More than 1.27 crore Delhiites — 70.47 lakh male, 56.57 lakh female and 839 other voters — will vote on April 10 at 11,763 polling booths at 2,527 premises.

This time, polling hours have been extended and would begin at 7am and go on till 6 in the evening.

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Dev said the electoral office has undertaken elaborate awareness campaigns and tried community outreach to motivate voters to come out and vote.

"We have had special interactive sessions with the youth and overall the response and zeal we have seen among the Delhiites was good," Dev said.

The electoral office has promised better facilities for voters this time, keeping in mind the summer season. "This is one reason why the poll timings have been extended. There will be shades for those standing in queues outside polling booths and basic facilities like drinking water and toilets at all polling stations," he said.

There will be 70 model polling stations, one each at every Assembly constituency, which will showcase the best of facilities and comforts for voters.

This time, the electoral office is also making extra efforts to make voting a pleasant experience for voters who are differently abled. "There will be wheelchairs and volunteers at each polling station and we would ensure such people hassle free travel up to the polling booth," Dev said.

"There will be one official at each polling station responsible for the differently-abled voters and will be held accountable if any such voter faces a problem. There will be auditing also," he said.

Dev said that apart from better infrastructure for differently abled voters, civil officials and security personnel deployed on election duty have also been sensitised and trained to respect and facilitate voters.

The electoral office said authenticated photo voter slips have been distributed to all electors at their residences by the booth level officers.

However, in case an elector has not received the voter slip, he/she can collect the same on the day of poll during polling hours from the booth level officer or other designated election official present at the voters’ assistance booth located outside each polling station.


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