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Webcast of 3 sensitive booths from each assembly

With a view to ensuring fair and free elections in the district, the administration will webcast voting at three sensitive booths from each assembly segment of the Jalandhar parliamentary constituency on its website on April 30, the polling day.

punjab Updated: Apr 12, 2014 16:11 IST
Jatinder Kohli

With a view to ensuring fair and free elections in the district, the administration will webcast voting at three sensitive booths from each assembly segment of the Jalandhar parliamentary constituency on its website on April 30, the polling day.


The Jalandhar seat (reserve) includes the assembly segments of Phillaur, Nakodar, Shahkot, Kartarpur, Jalandhar West, Jalandhar Central, Jalandhar North, Jalandhar Cantt and Adampur.

A total of 27 polling booths, considered critical and sensitive, will be under the direct observation of the election commission or the district election officer from control rooms.

An official said the department of technical education would shortlist students from various colleges who would sit in these stations for webcasting the polling process.

He said Punjab Infotech would provide technical support for webcasting through technology, system settings besides training students by the next week.

"Priority will be given on booths which will have easy internet connectivity for webcasting. Poll webcast may be affected in remote areas which have poor internet connectivity," he said

Poll webcasting was successfully conducted during the state assembly elections in 2012, he added.

With 18 days to go for polling in Punjab, the administration has also prepared a list of sensitive and super-sensitive polling stations in the district.

The Shahkot assembly segment, represented by transport minister Ajit Singh Kohar, has the maximum number of critical or hyper-sensitive polling booths (89) whereas Adampur assembly, represented by chief parliamentary secretary and SAD candidate Pawan Kumar Tinu, has 188 sensitive polling stations, the highest among other constituencies.

The district has a total of 449 hyper-sensitive, 1,234 sensitive and 452 non-sensitive polling booths.

Deputy commissioner cum-district election officer Varun Roojam said besides being guarded by paramilitary forces, webcasting, video recording at the booths would also play a significant role in ensuring a free and fair election in the state.

"The administration will soon finalise 27 polling booths after holding discussions so that live polling from sensitive booths can be monitored," he said.

Additional deputy commissioner of police (headquarters) Naveen Singla said three teams of paramilitary forces (each comprising 80 personnel) had reached the city and they will be deputed under the jurisdiction of the commissionerate police.

"We have demanded 900 paramilitary personnel from the director general of police (DGP) for the polling day. Rest of the teams will reach here a week before the polling," Singla added.

Gearing up
· As many as 449 hyper-sensitive and 1,234 sensitive polling booths have been identified in the district
· Shahkot assembly segment, represented by transport minister Ajit Singh Kohar, has the highest number of hyper-sensitive polling booths (89) whereas Adampur assembly has 188 sensitive polling stations