GB Nagar admin prepares for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections
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GB Nagar admin prepares for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections

The district administration will hold meetings with RWAs and other citizen groups to ensure that voters check their names in the list of booths to avoid complications on election day.

noida Updated: Sep 04, 2018 04:14 IST
Preety Acharya
Preety Acharya
Hindustan Times, Noida
Gautam Budh Nagar,2019 Lok Sabha elections,Poll [reparations
Women voters wait to cast their votes at a polling booth.(HT FILE PHOTO)

The district administration of Gautam Budh Nagar has started preparing for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. At last count, there were 1,417 polling booths in the district; this time the number is expected to go over 1,500.

The district administration is also going to hold meetings with residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) and other citizen groups to ensure that voters check their names in the list of booths to avoid complications on election day. The administration will be deploying booth-level officers (BLOs) in various schools on Sunday to clear voters’ doubts till October 31.

“People don’t check their names in advance. Voting booths are liable to be changed. Every year, some voters complain on voting day that their names are not on the list at the booth where they voted the last time. We will assign our officials to different schools every Sunday till October 31,” Keshav Kumar, additional district magistrate, Finance, said.

People can approach BLOs on Sundays not just to clear doubts but also to make changes such as deleting names of family members who have died or left for other cities, to change their addresses, correct their names, etc. Recently, the chief election officer had also asked the district administration to ensure the participation of people living in high-rises by organising polling booths in their vicinity. Officials said they had noticed that the number of voters from high-rises is generally fewer. The reason, they said, was because there was a lack of polling booths near their residential areas. “We are increasing the number of booths as new residential societies keep coming up,” Kumar said.

The district will also have voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) systems at all the booths.

VVPATs had failed during the bypolls in Kairana, Uttar Pradesh, as well as other parts of the country in May, allegedly due to high temperatures. Lok Sabha elections of 2019 will be taking place during the summer and so the usage of VVPATs has raised concerns among several people as power cuts are frequent during that time of the year.

First Published: Sep 04, 2018 04:14 IST