The Panjab University Senate elections process will be recorded on video in all polling booths and live-streaming will be done outside the sensitive polling stations.’
PU registrar-cum-returning officer of the elections Col G S Chadha (Retd) on Friday said: “An election advisory committee has also been constituted to overview the complete election process.”
The first phase of the PU Senate elections was conducted on August 31, while rest of the three phases will be conducted on September 12, 19 and 25.
The elections are being held to elect 47 members to the Senate. A total of 36 members are nominated by chancellor.
The election advisory committee consists of retired Punjab chief election commissioner, former registrars of PU and professors and persons from neighboring institutions of higher education.
A control room has been set up to attend queries for monitoring the conduct of polling and a tele-call centre was set up to respond to the queries of polling booths.
Chadha said: “Observers have been appointed to hold surprise checks during polling hours and, if any irregularity was reported, the polling booth would be cancelled and a re-poll would be ordered.”
Among the new initiatives, the university had introduced special features for ballot papers, including multi-coloured 3D holograms, water marks, hidden marks on the ballot papers.
“The state police have been requested to maintain law and order during the course of polling,” he said.
3.21 lakh voters for graduate constituencies
Out of the total 55, 214 candidates who had registered to vote for graduate constituencies, only 35,931 were selected, while 19, 283 could not qualify owing to various kinds of discrepancies in submitting their particulars, while 2.85 lakh were registered earlier. As many as 3.21 lakh voters will elect 15 senators from graduate constituencies at 270 polling booths spread over Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Delhi.
Election schedule (8am to 5pm)
First phase: August 31 (faculties)
Second phase: September 12 (principal/staff of technical colleges)
Third phase: September 19 (PU teaching departments’ professors and associate, assistant professors)
Last phase: September 25 (registered graduate constituency).