No outsider can stay in any constituency on polling day: Punjab CEO

Chandigarh/April 23
Punjab Chief Electoral Officer VK Singh on Wednesday said that any outsider or political functionary, who was not enrolled as a voter in a parliamentary constituency can’t stay there on day of polling but the candidates have been exempted for this purpose.
Interacting with mediapersons here today, Singh said that the state government has decided to suspend procurement operations for one day on April 30 poll day to facilitate people especially rural populace to use their franchise. He said that due to inclement weather in last few days, the procurement operations have been little delayed and amidst possibility of prolonged procurement in state, this decision has been taken.
The CEO informed that after thorough analysis 20 purely urban assembly constituencies have been identified, where poll percentage was around 20 percent less in comparison of remaining state in last assembly constituencies. He said that these constituencies include Amritsar North, Amritsar West, Amritsar Central, Amritsar East and Amritsar South, Jalandhar West, Jalandhar Central, Jalandhar North and Jalandhar Cantt, SAS Nagar, Ludhiana East, Atam Nagar, Gill, Ludhiana South, Ludhiana Central, Ludhiana West, Ludhiana North, Ferozepur Urban, Bathinda Urban and Patiala. He said that a unique sms service ‘Voter Queue Information Service” was being launched to inform voters about the queue status and this was aimed to check the trend of urban apathy. He said that each of total 22022 polling booths would be covered by either micro observer or web casting or videography/still photography or para military forces.
Speaking on the occasion, B Purushartha, Additional CEO said revealed that first time in the history of Punjab, the Elector Population Ration has touched projections of population in Census-2011. He said that projected population above 18 years of age was 1,95,16,688 and the final number of electors was 1,95,27,114 . He said that the credit goes to DEOs and Election machinery. He said that we have around 50 lac unique mobile phone numbers and each number would get three sms on poll day and specially mentioned that all big mobile operators have come forward to provide this service free of cost. The Additional CEO informed that till date 652 complaints have been received out of which 614 have been verified and 38 were pending. He said that 2948 FIRs have already been registered.