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Govt machinery gears up for LS Polls

Assured minimum facility will be ensured in all the polling booths of Uttarakhand for the voting to be held on April 11 for five Lok Sabha seats in the State. Stating this, the State’s chief electoral officer Sowjanya said that with the election model code of conduct in force, the district election officers were briefed about it on Sunday, other officials were briefed on Monday while representatives of political parties will be briefed about it on Tuesday. Addressing the media, Sowjanya said that the polling will be held through electronic voting machines with 100 per cent voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT). The None of The Above (NOTA) option will be the lower-most button on EVMs and along with the symbol, the photo of the candidate will also be visible on the machine. The vehicles transporting reserve EVMs will be tracked through GPS. The election notification will be issued on March 18 after which the last date for filing of nominations will be March 25. The last date for withdrawing nomination will be March 28 while polling will be held on April 11. The votes will be counted on May 23 and the election process will be completed before May 27. The chief electoral officer further informed that affidavits to be submitted by all candidates contesting the election can also be filled online. She further informed that booth level management plans have been prepared for all booths in the state. In shadow areas experiencing mobile phone network issues, radio sets will be provided to officials on election duty for communicating information related to polling. With the model code of conduct in force, the use of loudspeakers will not be permitted from 10 PM to 6 AM till the completion of election. Further, if the name of any person aged 18 years or above at on January 1, 2019 is still not on the voter list, such a person can fill form six till 10 days before the last date for filing nomination. As done during the Vidhan Sabha election, for the convenience of voters, the voter slips will be distributed to the electors a day before polling so that the voter can conveniently know of relevant details. However, as per the latest directions of the election commission, the voter slip will not be valid as the voter’s proof of identity during voting. In the parliamentary election, as per directions of the election commission, webcasting is proposed at 1,207 polling centres of the state. A total of 2,733 election expenditure monitoring teams have been formed district/Assembly constituency-wise. Election control rooms have also been set up in all the districts in addition to the office of the chief electoral officer, she said. The additional chief electoral officer V Shanmugham was also present during the Press conference. Tuesday, 12 March 2019 | PNS | Dehradun

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