New height will be 30 inches to maintain voting secrecy
GN Bureau | January 4, 2017
The election commission will be conducting elections in five states in the next few months. Of the many initiatives it has taken to make the electoral process more transparent, one heeds the concern of people who visit polling stations to cast their votes but complain lack of secrecy.
While announcing the election schedule in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Manipur, Goa and Uttarakhand, chief election commissioner Nasim Zaidi said there will be complete accounting and accountability in the height of the voting compartment. “There used to be complaints that movement of heads and also the body of the voter can be seen and thereby secrecy was being violated. Therefore, the commission has raised the height of the compartment to 30 inches,” said Zaidi. He added that the compartments would be of uniform size, made of flex material.
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