EC to prepare list of polling stations by Sept 22Taib Ahmed
The Election Commission on Tuesday sent letters to its field-level officials asking them to prepare lists of polling stations in their respective areas and send them to the commission by September 22 for the 10th parliamentary elections.
The letter said the field officials would prepare primary list of polling stations before September 22 for the commission to display the list in September 23-29 at different places of the constituency for voters to raise objections if any.
After receiving the objections till October 6, the commission would scrutinise those till October 24 and the final list of polling stations would be prepared by October 30, the letter said.
When contacted, election commissioner Shah Nawaz said the commission had asked the field-level officials to visit in person the public establishments where the polling stations would be set up.
‘Even we have asked them to take photographs of the structures of the buildings where the polling stations would be set up and send them to the commission,’ he added.
According to the guidelines for choosing the polling stations, the field-level officers were asked to set up a polling station for an average of 2,500 voters and a polling booth for an average of 600 male voters and 500 female voters.
The guidelines said that the polling stations should be set up in the public establishments which had housed polling stations in the past national polls since 1991.
The commission has asked the officers to consult local elite, respected and senior citizens, people’s representatives and local politicians before choosing the polling stations.
EC officials said the commission was planning to set up about 42,000 polling stations and 2,21,384 polling booths rearranging the previous ones to enable over 1,07,00,000 new voters to vote in the next polls to be held by January 24, 2014.
After updating the voters’ roll over the last year, the number of the country’s total voters stood at 9,19,47,250 with an increase of about 1,07,00,000 voters from the list under which the 2008 general elections were held.
The commission had set up a total of 35,216 polling stations across the country for 8,10,58,698 voters in the last general elections in 2008. It is planning to set up 7,000 more polling stations for the next polls to facilitate casting of votes by the increased number of voters.
The statistics showed that a total of 7,03,57,449 out of 8,10,58,698 voters had cast their votes in 1,77,277 polling booths in the last general election.
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