The district administration claimed to have made all necessary arrangements for the peaceful conduct of the municipal corporation elections. Polls for the elections of all the 60 wards of the Jalandhar municipal corporation are to be conducted on Sunday.
Abiding by the decision of High Court of Punjab and Haryana allowing the videographing of poll proceedings, the administration have asked the candidates to do so if they desire. Sub Divisional Magistrate and electoral officer Iqbal Singh Sandhu revealed this here today.
"The decision has been given by the High Court on a writ filed by some of the Congress workers from Patiala seeking transparency in the forthcoming civic polls," he revealed.
"Candidates have been asked to arrange the videographers and they would be allowed to record the poll proceedings outside the booths to take on record any untoward incident regarding fake polling, booth capturing etc. if happen any. However, to ensure secrecy, we will not allow the recording inside the booths," he added.
"So far none of the candidate has approached us for getting identity tags for their videographers. As it is to be done outside the polling booths, we have shouldered the responsibility to the candidates for keeping a check on the integrity and working of videographers. For counting proceedings, if need be felt, we may ask them to get identity tags issued," he further added.
Secretary Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), Varinder Sharma, after a meeting held on Thursday told HT that the party has decided to do the videography at its own on all polling booths under the Jalandhar Corporation, for ensuring free and fair elections and to check the highhandedness of ruling alliance. The videography will be done by party candidates on behalf of party.
For electing councillors for 60 wards of the Jalandhar Municipal Corporation, a total number of 556 booths have been setup in Jalandhar out of which 155 booths have been declared most sensitive and 137 as sensitive. Nearly 4000 employees and 1800 security personnel have been put on duty to ensure transparent and peaceful elections on Sunday.