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Elections 2017: What’s new this time

The election commission has has taken several new initiatives this time

GN Bureau | January 4, 2017


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The elections 2017 – to five states – promise to be the biggest political bout during the Modi government, and will impact the nation like no other political event. Here are the several new initiatives chief election commissioner Nasim Zaidi announced on Wednesday to make the elections more free and fair.
 
They are:
  • Colourful voter guide to be given to each family which will include information on required identification documents and a list of dos and don’ts.
  • Voter facilitation posters will be displayed outside each polling station specifying the polling area, list of candidates, etc.
  • There will be a voters’ assistance booth outside every polling station to assist voters. Electoral slips with information on poll booths and other necessary information for voters and parties will be provided.  
  • Height of the voting compartment to be increased to 30 inch for more headroom and to ensure better security and privacy for the voter.
  • Areas where women don’t mingle with men due to social practices will have separate polling stations for women.
  • The polling process would be persons with disability (PWD)-friendly. A poll mapping has been done and assistance such as wheelchairs will be provided wherever necessary.
  • The commission has enabled e-postal ballot system for the armed forces for easier participation in elections.

 

Also Read: Elections 2017 D-day: March 11 is the counting day

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