The chief electoral officer (CEO) of Delhi is mulling setting up counters at polling stations where people can deposit their phones when they go in to vote.
Apart from the deposit boxes, the officials are also looking into the possibility of making seating arrangements at some of the busy polling stations for voters, especially senior citizens.
There are 11,000 polling stations in Delhi. These are part of a slew of measures to ensure people come out and vote. Urban polling centres generally see a low turnout.
“To begin with, people should be enrolled in the voters’ list. But many people, despite being on the voters’ list, do not like the idea of standing in long queues. We want to fix this problem and galvanise more people into voting,” said Vijay Dev, Delhi CEO.
Once approved, these measures will be put in place in the upcoming Delhi assembly elections to be held in November this year. The CEO office will also hand out electoral slips to voters days before the elections so that they know their polling booths well in advance. To ensure they do not have trouble locating the station, the back of the slip will carry a map.
Officials said in some areas, polling stations were located as far as 2-3 km from many voters’ homes. The CEO office is in talks with the Delhi Transport Corporation to provide feeder services to polling stations.