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How Ghaziabad in Delhi plans to increase voting

More than a week remains until the Lok Sabha election, in which candidates from the BSP, Congress, and BJP are expected to engage in an intriguing fight.

According to officials who spoke with this newspaper, while the candidates are all ready for the triangle contest, the election officials are also ready for the highest possible voter turnout thanks to a number of new initiatives like installing polling places in high-rises and video monitoring over 50% of polling places.

Of the 3,048 voting places, 1,598 will have web cams installed, according to authorities.

Selected voting places in each of the five assembly constituencies—which have been divided as vulnerable and critical—will host the webcasting and video recording. Better monitoring and quick response in the event of any abnormalities there will be made possible by this step. Nonetheless, three officials—the chief election commissioner, the state director of elections, and the returning officer—will have authority over the video channel, according to an election officer.

In addition, he said, “the police team will continue to operate.” According to officials, there are more susceptible and crucial voting places this year than there were for the Lok Sabha elections in 2019. There are now 92 extremely sensitive polling locations, up from 72 in 2019. As to the official numbers, there are 544 sensitive booths this time around, compared to 454 in 2019.

2,941,624 voters will cast ballots for the parliamentary seat on April 26. This number represents an increase of 2.72 lakh over the last general election in 2019. Voting booths will be erected in city highrises for the first time.

32 condos from Indirapuram, Rajnagar Extension, and Crossings Republik have been designated, according to officials, as the locations of the 55 polling places that would be installed.

Very few people live in rural areas of the city. Eighty percent of voters are urban, and they are the ones who bother us. Most of them seldom ever cast ballots. Therefore, we made the decision to erect booths in metropolitan areas so that people wouldn’t have to worry about transportation,” they said.

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