Officials aim to make upcoming assembly election a model one

Sep 29, 2014, 04:13 IST | Priyankka Deshpande

The District Election Department’s plan to do so includes leaving information notes about voter’s slips and more helpers at polling centres to aid people in casting votes without problems

The district administration is sparing no effort to make the upcoming state assembly election, a model one. As part of it, officials in the District Election Department have come up with a plan under which voters will be able to cast their votes without problems.

One of the ways in which the plan will be executed, begins with the distribution of voter’s slips. The Booth Level Officers (BLO) who will distribute the voter’s slips, will stick an information note about the slips on the voter’s houses in their absence.

“If voters are not at their homes during BLOs’ visit for the distribution of voter’s slips, they will stick an information note on the houses, where they can get information about where to get their voter’s slips,” said Tehsildar in the District Election Department, Seema Holkar.

She added that apart from this, the administration has also decided to deploy four helpers at each polling centre, instead of two deployed during Lok Sabha elections, held in the months of April-May this year “District Collector Saurabh Rao has instructed us to deploy more helpers this time to avoid inconvenience for disabled and senior citizen voters.

Besides, we also instructed the Returning Officers (RO) to deploy National Service Scheme (NSS) students and volunteers of various NGOs as helpers. Private helpers can also be appointed, however, they should not be members or supporters of any political party,” said Holkar. According to the officials, only six per cent of voters actually need help of volunteers while casting their votes.

Mandatory facilities
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has listed five basic facilities that should be provided at the polling centres on D-Day. “It is mandatory to provide drinking water, sheds, lights, ramps and toilets at every polling centre. Around 70 per cent of polling centres have permanent ramps and those which do not have them will install them two days prior to the elections. Apart from this, a help desk will be created at every polling centre and volunteers will help voters search their names in the voter’s list,” said Holkar.

District ED’s directions to voters

1. Check if your name is there in the voter’s list
2. Just having a voter’s identity card does not mean that citizens will be able to cast their votes. It is necessary to have their names in the voter’s list
3. Voters who have their names in the voter’s list, but don’t have the voter’s identity card, should bring some identity proof with them.

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