Lok Sabha elections 2019: All-women teams conduct polling in Palamu
Palamu also set a precedent as an ‘all-women’ team conducted polling in 63 polling booths across the constituency.Updated: Apr 30, 2019 12:01 IST
Women power was at display as ‘all women teams’ managed the poll process at 63 booths, rechristened as Sakhi Booths, across Palamu Lok Sabha constituency, which recorded 64.35 % polling on Sunday, almost 5% jump as compared to 2014 despite the blistering heat.
The voting turnout in this seat reserved for Scheduled Castes in 2014 was 59.43%. Officials termed the polling percentage encouraging as voters came out despite the area recording temperature around 43 degrees. In 2014, voting was conducted on April 10 when weather was much conducive.
Palamu also set a precedent as an ‘all-women’ team conducted polling in 63 polling booths across the constituency.
Election officials said 46 out of 63 were in Medninagar under Daltonganj assembly seat while the rest were in other pockets.
“Total of 220 model booths were set up in the constituency. Out of them, 63 doubled up as Sakhi Booths where entire polling staff were women. The idea was to show that women are equally competent,” said zonal magistrate, Ram Naresh Soni.
The officials said each booth has four staff---one presiding officer and three polling officers--and at Sakhi Booths all were women, besides sector magistrate and micro-observers for polling stations that had more than one Sakhi Booths.
Meanwhile, complaints of EVM glitches and names of voters missing from electoral rolls also came up at few booths, even as officials claimed the EVM-related issues were solved without delay.
“I came early because of the rising temperature. I was in the line as first voter by 7 am. But polling started around 7.45 am. By then a long queue was formed at the booth,” said Arun Singh, a voter at Mission School polling booth in Medninagar.
Rajan Singh, an employee of Medninagar Municipal Corporation himself, complained that he could not vote as his name was missing from the rolls.
“The ECI had issued two voter ID of mine. So I had submitted an application to cancel one of the two. Today, when I came to vote with my ID, I found that my name is not in the rolls. I requested the polling officials giving the slip for voting, but she refused,” said Singh, a voter in Abadganj.
Though a Maoist-affected region, the constituency witnessed peaceful polling, barring stray incidents of political workers coming face to face on few booths.
“Report of workers engaging in fist fight was received from Munkeri village in Chhattarpur. Officials from the police station rushed to the village and situation was brought under control,” a district official said.
First Published: Apr 30, 2019 12:01 IST