In a first,live webcasts from poll booths

To monitor activities at sensitive and hyper-sensitive polling stations across the city during the December 4 Assembly elections,the Election Commission will ensure that all stations are webcast live.

Written by Shalini Narayan | New Delhi | Published: December 2, 2013 3:00:39 am

To monitor activities at sensitive and hyper-sensitive polling stations across the city during the December 4 Assembly elections,the Election Commission will ensure that all stations are webcast live.

For the first time,monitoring cells will be set up at the offices of the Chief Electoral Officer and Deputy Commissioners to ensure that action regarding an untoward incident is taken immediately.

Of the 11,753 polling stations in the city,490 have been categorised as critical and 140 as hyper-sensitive. In all,107 companies (each with 125 officers) of the Central Paramilitary Forces will be deployed at these polling stations to ensure neutrality.

“Outside forces will ensure that no special treatment is given to local goons who attempt to disrupt activities at these critical booths. While Delhi Police officers will be stationed,outside forces will help to ensure neutrality and immediate action,” a senior police officer said.

Speaking to Newsline,Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev said,“For the first time,there will be web-casting at these critical booths. Monitoring cells will be stationed at the offices of the Deputy Commissioners and our office. Activities at these critical booths will be monitored simultaneously.”

Also for the first time,recipients of bribes for votes will be charged under the Indian Penal Code for accepting illegal payment in connection with an election and will be prosecuted.

Vijay Dev said,“A candidate whose worker is caught offering bribes for votes will be prosecuted under section 171 H of the IPC. And for the time,we are ensuring that even those accepting bribes too are prosecuted”.

The move has been initiated to keep a tab on incidents of bribery,which according to officials,usually begin 72 hours before polling.

The Election Commission has decided to focus on slum clusters in the city and has identified those where the possibility of bribery can be high. A police officer said,“Such incidents can be tackled only through human intelligence. There are 210 flying squads and 210 static surveillance teams,across the 70 constituencies. Slum clusters will be watched carefully”.

Dev said newspapers advertisements and hoardings will be put out to educate the public on the matter.

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