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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

Delhi electoral office gears up for polls

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 26, 2014
First Published: 00:12 IST(26/3/2014) | Last Updated: 00:13 IST(26/3/2014)

If you have registered your name in the electoral list but are yet to get your voter ID card, don’t worry. The Delhi Electoral Office promises to issue all remaining ID cards by April 4.

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The electoral office had asked people to register themselves by March 12 to vote in the coming elections. Though the process of verifying the applications was due to get over by March 22, some cards are yet to be issued.

According to the electoral office, there are 1.27 crore voters in Delhi — 70.47 lakh male voters and 56.57 lakh female voters. The number of young, first-time voters is 3.37 lakh, or roughly 2.65% of the total electorate.

A total of 6.45 lakh voters have been added to the list since January 31, 2014. Although the electoral office received more than eight lakh applications, many were rejected because the voters couldn’t be found when booth-level officers visited their homes or their names were already registered.

Facilities for disabled voters:

The electoral office wants to make the voting experience of disabled voters comfortable by providing seamless travel and other facilities at polling stations. One officer in each polling station would be responsible for providing facilities to disabled voters and senior citizens and action would be taken in case there are complaints. The electoral office is also launching a website where disabled voters can register themselves and provide feedback on the improvements they want.

Social media watch:

The Delhi Electoral Office is going to keep a close watch on websites and social networking sites during the Lok Sabha elections. It has released a list of India’s top 20 websites that would be regularly monitored for violations by candidates or political parties.  Pre-certification has to be taken from the electoral office for any political advertisements on websites or social media sites.


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