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Saturday, 26 December 2020

Cellphones prohibited in polling booths

Panchkula, December 25

Returning Officer-cum-ADC Mohd Imran Raza today said cellphones would not be allowed in the polling booths for the Panchkula Municipal Corporation election.

Poll facts

  • Wards: 20

  • Polling booths: 275

  • Number of voters: 1,85,707

  • Females ndash; 98,323

  • Males ndash; 87,316

  • Mayoral candidates: 6

  • Councillor candidates: 83

Referring to the instructions from the State Election Commission, Raza said even agents of political parties and contesting candidates should not carry cellphones to polling booths. The voting will be held on December 27 between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm.

Covid patients will be allowed to cast their vote during the last hour of polling.

At least 275 booths have been set up across 20 wards to ensure not more than 1,000 voters visit a booth on the day. Of these, 127 polling stations have been declared sensitive and hypersensitive where tight security will be ensured. Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer said sanitisers, masks and gloves would be made available at the pooling booths to prevent transmission of coronavirus. — TNS

DC, DCP review security: Deputy Commissioner Mukesh Kumar Ahuja and Deputy Commissioner of Police Mohit Handa on Friday inspected security arrangements at several polling booths set up in schools for the Panchkula MC elections.

Traffic advisory: The distribution of polling equipment, including EVMs, will be held at the Government College for Girls, Sector 14, on Saturday. Hence, both sides of the road separating Sector 12 and 14 will be closed to traffic between 9 am and 6 pm.

from The Tribune

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