Monday, 6 October 2014

Laptops may be used outside polling booths to help voters: EC

AURANGABAD: In a move to save time and prevent long queues at polling stations, the Election Commission has allowed the use of laptops outside polling stations to the candidate representatives.

The move aims to help electors search polling chit numbers and the polling booth, where the vote has to be cast.

Deputy collector (elections), Shashikant Hadgal, said, "We want voters to have a pleasant experience by reducing the overall time consumed in casting votes. Voters now may directly approach political representatives carrying laptops, who will assist them in finding their names on the list. The staff will also help voters reach designated booths without delay."

Election department officials said that the ultimate aim is to minimize queues outside the booths. Efforts will be made to ensure that senior citizens and pregnant women get preference in queues, while display boards at all key locations will guide voters, polling staff and representatives of candidates.

A statement released by the district returning officer Vikram Kumar said that for assembly elections scheduled on October 15, the representatives of the candidates may use laptops to assist voters in finding their polling chit numbers. The Election Commission has allowed the use of laptops for the purpose.

There are 2,747 polling booths across the district with nine assembly constituencies, including three in the city. An election department official said that compared to rural pockets, a majority of candidates belonging to urban areas may avail benefits.

Election department officials also said that the laptops will be used by representatives of candidates contesting elections to the help electors find their poll chits and polling booths. Any unethical act violating any norm laid under the model code of conduct is likely to attract action against the person concerned, the official said. may be used outside polling booths,Election Commission

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