Zoom News : Oct 14, 2022, 03:50 PM
Election Commission has announced the election dates in Himachal Pradesh. Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar sounded the election bugle at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Friday and said that the hill state will go to polls in one phase on November 12. Counting of votes will take place on December 8.The Election Commission said that October is the month of festivals and a 'festival of democracy' is also going to be added to it. He said that the Election Commission has made preparations for the last several months. Preparations have also been made keeping in mind the corona epidemic. The Chief Election Commissioner said that the tenure in Himachal is ending on January 8, 2023. There are total 55 lakh voters. Of these, 15 lakh voters will vote through ballot. 1.6 lakh voters will cast their vote for the first time.Rajiv Kumar said that the publication of the voters list has been done. New voters have been added. Errors have been corrected. An awareness campaign has been launched to increase voting in the cities. He also cited the example of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections where polling was low in metro cities. Efforts are being made in all the assembly constituencies to increase the turnout in those areas, where earlier the voting has been less. The Election Commissioner said that even if someone does not have a voter card, they can cast their vote with the help of other documents.polling booth arrangementThe Chief Election Commissioner said that every booth would have a ramp. There will be provision for drinking water. Each booth will be on the ground floor. Efforts will be made to give maximum facilities to the voters. Some polling booths will be such that only women will operate them. There will be at least one such booth in every assembly. It will showcase women empowerment. Some polling stations will be handled by differently-abled staff.Ballot paper arrangementThe Chief Election Commissioner said that the facility of postal ballot will be provided to the elderly and differently-abled voters. The entire process will be videographed to ensure fairness. The process will be done without compromising on the secrecy of the vote.Complaint facility, team will reach in 60 minutesTechnology will be used for the convenience of the voters in the elections and to keep the election process free from interference. Any voter can make a complaint through the C Vigilance App. Our team will reach within 60 minutes and will deal with it within 90 minutes. Similarly, Divyang voters can also use the app. Voters will be able to get complete details of candidates through KYC app. If there is any criminal case against him, then he will also have complete information. Apart from this, candidates will also have to publish it thrice.Watch out for fake newsThe Chief Election Commissioner also advised the media to publish after examining the facts and said that fake news will be kept under check.Who got how many seats in Himachal in 2017The current term of the 68-seat assembly ends in January 2023. Before that elections are to be held in the state. In the 2017 assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party had won 44 seats, while the Congress had won 21 seats. 3 seats remained in the account of others.