Chief Electoral Officer Punjab VK Singh has stated that there are no chances of any violence in the upcoming Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections 2017, but still more than 4000 web cameras would be installed at very sensitive polling stations so that the electoral process is carried out in a peaceful atmosphere. He said this while speaking to media persons during the state level function organised for voters with special needs at a school, here today.While addressing the media persons, Mr VK Singh said that the State Election Commission is ready for the upcoming Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections. He said that there is no chance of any election related violence in the state. Mr VK Singh said that all the web cameras to be installed at the polling stations would have 3G and 4G internet connectivity and would be connected directly with the District Election Office, Election Office Chandigarh and Election Commission of India office New Delhi. He said that the Election Commission of India would be installing these web cameras for the first time during any elections in the country and they expect positive results.
Mr Singh said that for the elections, new electronic voting machines would be used and besides a NOTA (None of the above) button, these machines would also have buttons with election symbols of the candidates. Besides these, some selected polling booths of the state would also have special machines, from which printouts can be taken to check any illegality. He said that none of the political parties of the state has shown any reservations regarding the voting machines. On a question related to sensitive and very sensitive polling stations, he said that this is yet to be decided and assured that all security related arrangements have already been finalized.He said that out of total 2.90 crore population of Punjab, there are 1.96 crore voters and this time, around 7 lakh new votes have been made. He said as compared to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, there has been an increase of 4.5 lakh new voters in the state. He informed that this time there would be around 18000 polling locations and around 22600 polling stations.
Mr Singh said that for increasing the polling percentage, the Election Commission of India has been making serious efforts and that is why special emphasis is given to make sure voters with special needs are able to exercise their right to vote without any problem. He said that arrangements would be put into place so that around 60,000 such voters exercise their right to vote. Mr Singh said that some NGOs are also assisting them for this cause.VK Singh said that in case of any election related complaint, the voters can call at toll free number 1950 or can also submit their complaint online. He said that the election commission makes sure that every complaint should be redressed within 24 hours.This function was also addressed by Mr Sibin C, Additional Chief Electoral Officer Punjab, Mr Ravi Bhagat, Deputy Commissioner cum District Electoral Officer, Mr Amarjit Singh Anand, besides others. Additional District Electoral Officer cum Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) Miss Apneet Riyait, all Returning Officers, all nodal officers, besides several others were also present on the occasion.