Senior Citizens to be given special emphasis in HP
Himachal Chief Electoral Officer, Devesh Kumar on Thursday said that in the view of relevance and special needs of the senior citizens in the State, participation in the Lok Sabha Election-2019 would be enhanced through various awareness programmes. Identification of Senior citizens through existing mechanism, for example pension scheme, to facilitate them for registration and vote in coordination in the officer of District Welfare Officer/Tehsil Welfare Officer would be done. He said awareness related to procedures available for registration of service electors will be given a special emphasis. Special awareness and registration camps for Defense Personnel have been organized in the State. Concerned Nodal Officers were given training to disseminate information on Elections and Voting. The CEO said that out of total 51, 59,000 voters in the State, there are 62,131 service electors. He said that 26, 45,584 males, 25, 13,357 females and 59 third gender voters will be exercising their franchising in 7723 voting centers in the State.
IT dept sets up Toll Free Helpline 18001804814
Following directions of the Election Commission of India (ECI) to prevent undue influence of voters by means of money and materials during the ensuing Lok Sabha polls in the state, the Director General Income Tax (Investigation) has set up a dedicated control room centre to receive complaints in this regard. A spokesperson of Office of Chief Electoral officer, Punjab said that people of the state would be able to register any complaint on toll free number 18001804814 regarding anyone carrying huge sums of money in cash or any such thing valued Rs 10 lakh and above which could be used to influence voters during the coming General Election 2019. This helpline would be active 24X7 and would remain operational during the period of Model code of Conduct. The Chief Electoral Officer had requested to the public not to carry huge money or valuable during travel without proper document especially above Rs 50,000.
Policemen to be deployed at polling booths in Hry
During the general elections to Lok Sabha 2019, the police personnel would be randomly deployed at polling stations in a thoroughly systematic and confidential manner. For this, a software is being developed by the NIC, said Haryana Chief Electoral Officer, Rajeev Ranjan in a meeting held with nodal officers of Haryana Police, BSF and CRPF. Ranjan said, such software is being prepared by NIC which would have complete data of police personnel including their names and addresses through which they would be deputed randomly at polling stations. The data registered in the software would be completely safe and confidential. This would bring more transparency in system of deputing police personnel, he added.
Meeting of district MCMC held in Chandigarh
A meeting of district media certification and monitoring committee was held here under the chairmanship of Mandip Singh Brar, Additional Chief Electoral Officer cum Deputy Commissioner, Chandigarh. The district media certification and monitoring committee undertake activities related to certification of advertisements of political nature and monitoring of paid news. After the enforcement of model code of conduct, it is mandatory that any registered political party, any candidate, any group organization/ association or any individual who wishes to give a advertisement of political nature needs a pre certification from the district level committee, Brar said. The district MCMC shall decide the case within 24 hours of receipt of application if the application is received by 12 noon. If any candidate of political party is not satisfied with the decision of the district MCMC in cases of certification of advertisement of political nature than the former may apply to the state level appellate committee which is headed by AK Sinha, Chief Electoral Officer, Chandigarh.
Sukhbir inducts nine members into SAD’s PAC
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Badal on Thursday expanded the party’s Political Affairs Committee by inducting nine new leaders hailing from different regions of the state. The leaders include Swaran Singh Kular from Phagwara, Paramjit Singh Khalsa from Barnala, Ranjit Singh Libra from Fatehgarh Sahib, Harmesh Puri from Nawanshahar, Jathedar Mohan Singh Dhahe from Sri Anandpur Sahib, Paramjit Singh Makkar from Ropar, ex-mayor of Jalandhar Suresh Sehgal, Harsurinder Singh Gill from Jagraon and Engineer Swaran Singh from Kapurthala.