Take necessary measures for more voting

  • Chief Electoral Officer gives instructions to increase voting percentage

Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal
By intensifying voter awareness activities, making voters aware by taking every necessary measure to bring them to the polling booth and ensuring maximum voting, the effort should be that the voting percentage in the Lok Sabha elections should be more than that in the Assembly elections.

Chief Electoral Officer Anupam Rajan on Tuesday gave these instructions to all the collectors and district election officers, district nodal officers of SVEEP and commissioners of all municipal corporations of the state through video conferencing. Rajan said that to increase the voting percentage, organize such attractive activities so that voters are automatically motivated to vote.

Chief Electoral Officer Rajan said that all collectors should make polling stations voter friendly. Voters who come to the polling station to vote should not face any kind of inconvenience. For this, all appropriate arrangements should be made in the polling station. Shade, cold water, medicine, ORS packets should be available in the polling booth. All arrangements should be made so that the polling party or anyone else in need of medical assistance can get immediate treatment. Paramedical staff should also present along with sector officers. Rajan told all the collectors and district election officers that voters should not have to wait in long lines to cast their vote. For this, they can also appoint additional employees in polling stations. Try to ensure that voters cast their votes in the shortest possible time.

Inspect the storage centers

Rajan said that all the collectors should thoroughly inspect all types of warehouses and storage centers in their area and see whether any kind of illegal material or objectionable item is stored there. For this, they should further strengthen their information and monitoring system. Rajan said that all the Collectors and District Election Officers should ensure that all the SOPs (protocols) prescribed by the Election Commission of India for the necessary activities to be carried out 72 hours, 48 hours and 24 hours before the voting are followed in letter and spirit and the deficiencies should be removed.

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