For the first time VVPAT machines would be used at all 11229 booths in all five constituencies of U’khand
As the election campaign in all the five Lok Sabha constituencies ended at 5 PM on Tuesday, the Election Commission announced that it is ready to conduct polls in a free and fair manner on April 11. The polling would commence at 7 AM and end at 5 PM on the day.
The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Uttarakhand, Sowjanya told media persons at state secretariat on Tuesday that for the first time, Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail ( VVPAT) machines would be used in all the 11229 booths in all the five constituencies of the state. She said that the election commission has 17203 VVPAT machines in the state which is 53 percent more than the required number. She informed that 7856268 voters in the state would be eligible to the vote in these elections. “ The name of the voter should be in the voter list and he or she should show the EPIC slip along with the voter card or any other permissible document in order to cast vote,’’ she said. Elaborating further, the CEO said that every booth would have facility of ramp, drinking water, electricity, basic required furniture, toilets and waiting rooms. She added that there are 11 such booths in the state where the polling parties would have to trek more than 15 kms from the road head. The polling booth located at Government Primary school, Dumak in Chamoli district is remotest booth where the polling parties would have to trek a distance of 20 kms. Laldhang polling booth in Yamkeshwar assembly constituency of Garhwal and Dhikala booth in Kotdwar constituency of Garhwal are the booths with least number of the voters in the state. Both these booths have only 14 voters. On the other hand, Jawahar Jyoti polling booth in Damuwadhunga of Nainital has 1504 voters. The CEO added that a total of 67380 personnel have been deployed in the polling parties and reserves.
She further informed that webcasting (live streaming) would be done from 1180 vulnerable and critical booths and videography would be done in 519 booths. Sowjanya said that 29 polling parties left for their destination on Monday while 11737 parties were dispatched on Tuesday. Remaining 9463 polling parties would leave on Wednesday.
Wednesday, 10 April 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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