Voters were overwhelmed by the decoration, ambience and facilities available at the model polling centres (MPC) that were set up in each assembly segment during the first phase of UP assembly elections on Saturday.
At least two MPCs were set up in each of the five assembly segments in Ghaziabad district to attract voters and make them comfortable while voting.
“I have never seen such a polling centre since the day I started voting. There is a beautiful rangoli, flowers, decorated tents and carpet laid till the polling booth. The ambience is perfect and even children enjoyed coming here. This sort of makeover should come up at more places during elections,” Nikita Sharma, who was at the MPC set up in DPS, Indirapuram, said.
The MPCs came up on the direction of the Election Commission of India (ECI). At the Indirapuram MPC, the arena had a waiting lounge where sofas were placed. Every table of the 11 polling booths had flowers arranged in vases.
“The MPC is something different. Apart from basic facilities, you get comfortable seating arrangements and decoration. It seemed that I had come to some wedding reception where everything was carefully planned and arranged,” Neetu Gupta, who came to Balram Nagar MPC in Loni segment, said.
At Balram Nagar MPC, district officials were present from the start of voting. The officials welcomed voters like guests and offered a rose to everyone who arrived in the morning.
The MPCs were a sharp contrast to the old fashioned polling booths that were usually set up rickety government schools or community centres .
“The voters vouched for our efforts in setting up the MPCs. I am sure that they have also helped to draw voters who usually avoid going to polling booths,” Nidhi Kesarwani, district election officer, Ghaziabad, said.