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'Model'constituency: Tech to assist voters

Live video feed of the rush at the polling station and SMS service to tell you the waiting time for casting your vote — these are two key services to be provided by the election commission here, as it has decided to make Chandigarh the “role model” constituency

chandigarh Updated: Feb 24, 2014 11:19 IST
Vinod Kumar

Live video feed of the rush at the polling station and SMS service to tell you the waiting time for casting your vote — these are two key services to be provided by the election commission here, as it has decided to make Chandigarh the “role model” constituency for conduct of Lok Sabha elections due in less than three months.


The target is to reduce hassles and increase participation. All of the around 500 polling stations for the lone Lok Sabha seat in the UT would be equipped with two cameras each, one inside and the other outside the booth, which would telecast live images on the web — on official portals ceochandigarh.nic.in and chandigarh.gov.in — enabling the voters to know the status of rush at each polling station.

Apart from that a special short message service (SMS) would also be launched to help voters know the exact waiting time, informed UT home secretary Anil Kumar, who is also Chandigarh’s chief election officer. “With these initiatives, city electors won’t have to wait in long queues to cast their votes, as they can plan better,” he added.

The decision was taken in a meeting held last week by the poll commission. Though polling booths in some other constituencies would also have these facilities, Chandigarh is the only one to have all its booths covered. Dr Alok Shukla, deputy election commissioner, during the meeting with the chief election officers of Chandigarh and Haryana had emphasised that Chandigarh be made the role model.

For the technology, the UT chief election officer has requested the ministry of law and justice to enhance the budgetary requirement to `3 crore, which the election commission had earlier fixed at `1.5 crore for the conduct of the LS election in Chandigarh.

Besides, for physically challenged voters, special ramps and toilets would be set up with signage. Anil Kumar said that the polling staff would also been trained to be sensitive to the needs of physically challenged voters.

According to the final publication of summary revision released by the commission, Chandigarh has around 5.8 lakh voters, up from 5.24 lakh in 2009.

The segment has 18,170 first-time voters aged between 18 and 19 years, of which 11,593 are male and remaining 6,577 female. Another enrolment drive is to be held soon.