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Candidates to get social media content certified

Candidates for the Lok Sabha elections would have to get every content certified before posting it on the social media.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2014 07:46 PM IST

Candidates for the Lok Sabha elections would have to get every content certified before posting it on the social media.

They would also have to give expenditure details incurred on posting such content which will be added in the expenditure limit prescribed for contesting elections, said Haryana Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Shrikant Walgad on Wednesday.

The CEO addressed a press conference on Wednesday after the announcement of Lok Sabha polls by the Election Commission, about 1.50 crore voters would excise their franchise in these polls.

Voter enrolment on March 9

Electoral Photo Identity Cards (EPICs) have been issued to all the eligible voters and a special camp would be organized at booth level on March 9 where booth level officers (BLOs) would be available with the list of voters to facilitate them.

New voters would be able to get themselves registered on the spot on this day by filling form 6 which would be available with BLOs. The existing voters could get any error rectified.

CEO said that polling for 10 Lok Sabha in Haryana would be held on April 10, 2014 and the model code of conduct has been enforced with immediate effect.

Nomination filing from March 25

Walgad said, "The notification of scheduled for Parliamentary Elections in Haryana would be issued on March 15 and last date of filing nominations would be March 22. The scrutiny of nominations would be carried out on March 24 and the last date for withdrawal of candidatures would be March 26. The counting of votes would be held on May 16."

Regarding the procedure to be followed for checking paid news in print as well as electronic media, Walgad said that a monitoring committee has been formed to keep a watch on paid news during elections. In case any news item is proved to be a paid news as verified by the committee, expenses of such news would be added in the expenditure of the contesting candidate.

"The expenditure limit for parliamentary elections is Rs.70 lakh. Notice would be issued to candidates and the Press Council of India would be informed about it," he said.

Flying squads to supervise poll process
"Three flying squads in each constituency would supervise the entire process during elections and will conduct videography of political functions or rallies. The teams would also put nakas on different locations. Apart from this, 140 companies of CRPF have been demanded for free and fair elections in the state." Shrikant Walgad said.

The CEO stated that for the first time in Haryana has adopted the option of none of the above (NOTA) would be provided in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). However, it would neither be counted nor effect the results. The first level of EVMs checking has already been completed.

Over 16,000 polling stations
Giving details of polling stations, he said that there are 16,129 polling stations in the state. Each polling station would either have a micro observer for supervision or web casting or videography would be carried out at each station. All voters would be given photo voter slips through BLOs which would be accepted as an identity proof at polling stations.

He said that more than 70,000 polling personnel and about 1300 supervisors would be pressed into service for fair conduct of elections.

An assistant expenditure observer would be deputed in each of the 90 assembly constituencies of the state and a General Observer would be deputed for each Parliamentary constituency.

Awareness observers for 6 seats

Walgad said that hyper-sensitive or sensitive booths were being examined at district level and two awareness observers have been appointed for the six parliamentary constituencies - Gurgaon, Faridabad, Rohtak, Sonepat, Karnal and Ambala as the voting percentage was less in these constituencies in 2009 elections. They would observe the awareness campaign launched in these areas so that maximum participation in the elections could be ensured. A pledge for awareness would also be organized on National Women's Day on March 8, Walgad said.

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