Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Voting in Pune on April 23; officials to keep close watch on social media
With the election commission announcing the election dates for the Lok Sabha, the countdown has begun for key political figures in the region. According to officials in Pune, the city will vote on April 23 for the Lok Sabha elections, scheduled to be held in seven phases across the country. Baramati, a neighbouring seat, will also go to the polls on April 23, while two constituencies in the district – Shirur and Maval - will vote on April 29. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.
Speaking about the administration’s preparedness, Pune district collector Naval Kishore Ram, addressing a press conference on Sunday, said, “This year, the administration will keep a check on social media. There are 73.63 lakh voters in four constituencies of Pune district, of which 54,115 are first-time voters.
“We have almost completed training of all our staff who will monitor social media. We have also appointed a special IT team comprising of seven IT experts.This year, the district collectorate has decided to webcast from 1,000 polling stations,” said Ram.
The district collectorate will also have 405 wheelchairs on hand at polling stations for specially abled persons to make the voting exercise smooth.
With 45 days left for elections, political activities also picked up amid deadlines being issued by parties for finalising alliances, while leaders aspiring to contest polls are switching loyalties.
Hours before the poll scheduled was announced, Swabhimani Shetakari Sanghatana asked the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to finalise its alliance by April 12, else the farmers’ outfit will start announcing its candidates for 15 seats.
The Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi too has asked the Congress to decide about 26 seats in the next two days. Ambedkar has already announced candidates for 22 out of 48 seats in the state, which will go to the polls in four phases - April 11, 18, 23, 29.
Naval Kishore Ram said all political candidates should need pre-certification of election advertisements published on social media.
Also addressing the press conference, superintendent of Pune rural police, Sandeep Patil said,“As a part of precautionary measures we have identified 5,616 people in the district and have decided to take action against them under various sections which would help to conduct the election in a peaceful manner in the district.”
‘cVIGIL’ mobile app
Naval Kishore Ram said that this time residents can become vigilance citizens on the ‘cVIGIL’ mobile app, through which they can keep a watch on violators of the code of conduct.He said,“People can upload two-minute videos on the app or pictures as a complaint and our IT team will track that complaint and will give feedback within 15 minutes.”