The Haryana Assembly elections, expected to be held next month, will see 1.83 crore voters exercise their franchise.
To increase the voting percentage, a special campaign will be launched by the Office of Haryana Chief Electoral Officer under which each polling booth in every Assembly Constituency will be covered.
This came out in a review meeting on preparations for the Assembly elections in Haryana organised by the Election Commission of India here on Wednesday. The meeting was chaired by Senior Deputy Election Commissioner, Election Commission of India Sandeep Saxena. Director General (Election Expenditure) of the ECI, Dilip Sharma was also present in the meeting.
During the meeting, Saxena directed the officials to make special arrangements for the disabled voters to enable them to cast their vote at the polling station so that they do not face any problem on the day of polling. He said efforts should be made to provide such facilities in urban areas as well as small towns.
He also directed the officers to keep a close check on the election expenditure in Vidhan Sabha. Apart from this, web casting should be carried out on more than 10 per cent of the total polling booths.
He said that to increase the voting percentage, activities under the SVEEP campaign should be increased and besides, a management plan should be prepared to ensure the smooth functioning of the election process.
Apart from this, the Police Department has been directed to set up police check-post in districts adjoining borders with adjoining States so that there should be no trouble. He also directed the officers to hold meetings with the officials of such states and UT’s.
In the meeting, Haryana Chief Electoral Officer, Anurag Aggarwal, said a special campaign is being run to make female voters aware, so that they can exercise their franchise in the Assembly elections.
Apart from this, college students, who are 18-19 years old, are also being made aware to cast their vote. He said that if anyone has not got his or her vote made till now and they have attained the age of 18 years or above as on January 1, 2019, they should get their vote made at the earliest.
Aggarwal said the second special summary revision of the photo electoral roll has been done and after the process of addition and deletion of the names of voters, the total number of voters in Haryana is 1,82,98,714. The copy of this voter list has been given to all the representatives of all political parties.
It was informed in the meeting that in order to increase the percentage of female voters in districts Faridabad, Mewat, Palwal, Jind, Sirsa, Yamunanagar and Panchkula, the District Electoral Officers concerned have been directed to motivate female voters to get their votes made.
Additional Director General of Police and State Nodal Officer for Assembly Elections, Navdeep Singh Virk made a presentation for the Assembly elections in which he informed that 258 police check posts have been set up in the State.
He informed that 38 arms have been confiscated, 40,862 licence arms have been deposited, 156 persons have been arrested and 120 persons have been bound. He informed that the schedule for border meeting has been made and these meetings will soon be held. He informed that 268 blocks will be set up in the areas adjoining neighboring States.