To ensure ethical voting,vulnerable pockets to be mapped by DEC

While insisting on a larger voter turnout and ethical voting — voting out of one’s own free will — the Delhi Election Office,together with the Delhi Police and the district administration,is now undertaking an exercise called “vulnerability mapping” in the city

Written by Geeta Gupta | New Delhi | Published: August 29, 2013 1:25 am

While insisting on a larger voter turnout and ethical voting — voting out of one’s own free will — the Delhi Election Office,together with the Delhi Police and the district administration,is now undertaking an exercise called “vulnerability mapping” in the city. Under this,the election office will prepare a list of vulnerable people,pockets or areas where people are threatened to vote for a particular candidate as well as perpetrators who incite these voters to resort to unethical voting.

The exercise,to be carried out by district revenue commissioners and DCPs,will identify the vulnerable people,give assistance and police protection to them on polling day,as well as identify and book those found threatening people to vote for a particular candidate.

“Other than ensuring that most people exercise their franchise,we also want to ensure that the voting is ethical,that no one is forced to vote under duress or inducement by a perpetrator but they vote by their own free will only. There are sections and pockets across the city where people are not able to exercise their right to free will. Social hierarchy still plays an important role in this,” said Vijay Dev,Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer.

To counter this,area DCs and DCPs,together with a team of personnel from the central paramilitary forces,will first visit the vulnerable polling pockets in the city and educate people about the repercussions of “unethical” voting. They will also warn potential perpetrators that brainwashing people into voting in a certain way can land them in jail.

“Once the ‘vulnerability mapping’ is done,an action plan will then be devised keeping in mind the law and order situation,and the vulnerable pockets will be provided full assistance and,if need be,police protection too,” Dev said.

Delhi is likely to go to polls in November this year. The model code of conduct will be implemented sometime during late September.

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