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Delhi gears up for Lok Sabha elections
Over 1.20 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls for seven Parliamentary constituencies in Delhi, which will be held on April 10.
Delhi’s Chief Electoral officer Vijay Dev said the Commission has started preparations for the elections and will aim to break all previous records of voter turnout.
“We want to ensure maximum voter turn out and break the record of highest polling percentage of 65.86 recorded in the 2013 Delhi Assembly Polls”, he said.
Notification for the Election will be out on March 15 and last date of nominations will be March 22. Scrutiny will be done on March 24 while the last date of withdrawal of nominations will be March 26, he said.
CEO, Vijay Dev said that 1,20,60,493 voters have been enrolled as per final rolls published on January 31.
However, those who are not enrolled and are eligible to vote can submit their forms till March 12, (ten days before the last date of nominations on March 22) to get their names enrolled.
As per the publication, male voters are 66,84,476 and the female voters which also includes the 638 others (transgenders) are 53,76,017, bringing the gender ratio at 804 against 1000 males and the electors to population (EP) ratio stands at 68.12.
During the 2013 Delhi legislative elections, 1,19,32,069 voters were enrolled and after summary revision 1,28,424 voters have been added to the list.On March 9, in all polling stations of Delhi, booth level officers will be available with the copy of the electoral roll and form 6 to facilitate all the citizens to check their names and also to receive their form 6.
“Checking the name in the electoral roll is very important. Citizens think that if they have the EPIC card, they can vote. But then having an EPIC card doesn’t make one eligible to vote as it is considered as an identity proof. It is mandatory to have your name in the electoral roll,” said Dev.
“So one should check if their names are there in the electoral roll, facilities for which are there on the website”, he said.
Further one can SMS on 9211728082, EPIC spacevoter ID number, to check if their name is enrolled. If the name exists, the person will be messaged back his serial number but if the name is not there, no record found information will be returned.
With the dates declared, Model Code of Conduct has come into force and the Commission will ensure there are minimal MCC violations.
The training of all level of electoral and police officials apart polling and counting officials is over.Over 85000 civil officials and sufficient police personnel which includes 35,000 Delhi officials plus paralimitary forces will be deployed.
Delhi home gurads and home guards from the adjoining states will also be deployed.
The first time initiative of installing model polling stations, initiated in the 2013 Delhi Assembly elections had drawn large appreciation from the voters will be replicated in this year’s Loksabha polls and there will 70 model polling station (one in each constituency).
“The initiative is to make voting a pleasant experience for voters and the basic facilities like water arrangement, sanitation facilities, proper queuing arrangements, shelters, will be provided in the non-model polling stations keeping in mind the summer season,” Dev said.
Dev said that the Commission will launch an integrity campaign, a new initiative for a better poll day experience for the differently abled voters this time. The Commission will chalk out proper arrangements in this regard after meetings with civil society NGO’s.
Effective enforcement for implementation of model code of conduct and expenditure monitoring will remain the thrust area of the Election Commission to create a conducive atmosphere for free and fair elections.
The campaign against the free flow of money and liquor will be intensified to curb the undue influence of various factors for which flying squads, static surveillence teams, video surveillence teams and accounting teams have been established.
The expenditure ceiling of the candidates for the Parliamentary elections have been enhanced by Election Commission of India and is now 70 Lakhs for each candidate.
First level checks (FLCs) of all the electronic voting machines in Delhi has been completed and the hands on training to the polling personneel in due course of time will provided.
The option of NOTA which was introduced in the last year’s Assembly elections will also be used in the Parlimentary elections this time.
“We appeal to all the political parties to strictly follow the MCC and maintain and fair and clean envrionement for the polls,” Dev said.
There will be 11, 763 polling stations in Delhi spread on 2534 locations and the exercise to map the critical and hyper critical polling stations is on.The media certification and monitoring committee (MCMC) will keep a check on paid news.
SVEEP measures in greater force will be on for both in terms in enhancing the registration of voters and also for higher turn out.