The voting on the lone seat of union territory of Chandigarh will be held on May 19.
The actor-politician Kirron Kher of the BJP is the sitting MP from Chandigarh.
This time, the bigwigs from the Congress and BJP are eyeing to contest from the lone Lok Sabha seat of Chandigarh, which is the joint capital of neighboring states of Punjab and Haryana
Some of the big names eyeing to contest from the Chandigarh parliamentary seat includes sitting MP Kirron Kher, BJP Chandigarh president Sanjay Tandon, former Railway Minister and ex-city MP Pawan Kumar Bansal, ex-city MP Satya Pal Jain, former Union Minister Manish Tewari, Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu’s wife and former MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu among others.
As per the electoral roll finally published on January 28, 2019, the total electors of Chandigarh parliamentary constituency are 6,19,249 and the service electors are 355.
In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, actor turned politician, BJP’s Kirron Kher had trounced Congress’ Pawan Kumar Bansal, breaking his winning spree maintained in the previous three parliamentary polls in Chandigarh.
Fighting her maiden election, the city’s first woman MP, Kher was polled over 1.91 lakh votes (42.20 percentage vote share) and had registered a victory with a margin of more than 69000 votes from her main rival Congress’ Bansal, who got 121270 (26.84 percent vote share) votes in his favor.
“With the announcement of the election programme by Election Commission, the model code of conduct has come into force,” said an official spokesman.
Anil Garg, PCS has been appointed as the nodal officer for enforcement of model code of conduct.
597 polling stations have been setup in the constituency, out of which 212 polling station falls under sensitive categories. As per the directions of Election Commission of India, the webcasting will be done in all the polling stations in the current elections, the spokesman said.
Various types of teams i.e. video surveillance teams, video viewing teams, static surveillance team, & flying squad teams, accounting teams have been appointed and have started working from the day of announcement of general elections to Lok Sabha-2019, he said.
Nine flying squads and nine static surveillance teams have been appointed for the three sub divisions of Chandigarh and shall be operational 24x7. These teams will be headed by the executive magistrate and shall ensure enforcement of model code of conduct, the spokesman said.
A district call centre has been set up with 1950 toll free number in which any resident can make a call and get the updated information regarding their votes and on election. 1950 will be operational 24x7 for the facility of electors and citizens, he said.
He further said that a control room of the returning officer has been set up at first floor, conference room, DC office, Sector 17 here. This control room shall function as the nodal point for resolution of all complaints and shall coordinate between various teams involved.
The spokesman said that the new C-Vigil app has been launched by the Election Commission of India in which any resident can lodge the cases relating to violation of model code of conduct.
On receiving the complaint, the flying squad shall reach at the place of incident within 15 minutes and report back within 30 minutes to the officer concerned. In this app, the complainant has to capture the image or videograph of the incident so that the action can be initiated within 100 minutes. The nodal officer for expenditure monitoring has also been appointed to check the day to day account of the contesting candidates. An expenditure monitoring cell has also been created, the spokesman added.