Stage all set for civic body elections

Bhilai, Dec 19: All the arrangements have been completed for the civic body polls in Bhilai Municipal Corporation, Bhilai Charoda Municipal Corporation, Risali Municipal Corporation, Jamul Municipal Council and one ward of Utai Nagar Panchayat. Polling will be held on December 20. On Sunday, distribution of polling material was conducted from four different centres in the district. After collecting the polling material, the polling parties have reached their respective booths.

Election material was distributed for Bhilai Municipal Corporation from Kalyan PG College, Sector 7. After collecting the materials, the parties departed for their respective destinations. District Election Officer and Collector Dr Sarveshwar Narendra Bhure and SSP Badrinarayan Meena were also present during departure of polling parties in Bhilai. Along with them, Returning Officer Padmini Bhoi and Bhilai Municipal Corporation Commissioner Prakash Sarve were also present. On the occasion, the Collector interacted with the polling parties. The polling parties informed the Collector that they have made arrangements as per the instructions given in the training and they are fully prepared to conduct the polls as per the instructions. The Collector asked them to re-examine all the contents inside the kit. The Collector added that parties must check the print quality of the electoral roll, seal mark, ballot box, etc. The Collector asked the polling parties to immediately inform their Sector Officer if there is any problem. He asked them to strictly follow the protocol of the Election Commission and completely ensure adherence to the COVID-19 protocol in the polling centres. He directed them to work with transparency. The polling parties were asked to inform their Sector Officers on reaching the polling centres. If there is any kind of problem at the centre, they must immediately convey the information to the sector officer so that the problem can be resolved immediately. Collector also inquired about the preparations from the Returning Officer Padmini Bhoi. The returning officer said that necessary facilities have been made available in all the polling stations. All the material has also been provided to the polling parties. Keeping in mind the Covid protocol, sanitizers and masks have also been made available in the kit. Along with this, the polling parties have also been directed to follow the Covid protocol strictly. It is noteworthy that along with Bhilai, the polling parties departed from Risali Corporation, Bhilai Charoda Corporation, Jamul and Utai. The officials also visited these places and interacted with the polling parties. They asked the polling parties to ensure all kinds of preparations according to the guidelines. They should stay in touch and coordinate with the Sector Officer so that the election can be conducted in a smooth and transparent manner.

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Voting to be held at 733 polling booths in 226 buildings

For electing the corporators of four civic bodies, voting will be held at 733 polling booths located in 226 buildings. There will be 463 Polling Parties in Bhilai; 122 parties in Risali; 112 parties in Bhilai Charoda; 35 in Jamul and one team in Utai. 20 percent additional teams will be available in each civic body. A total of 61 Sector Officers have been deployed including 32 in Bhilai; 13 in Risali; 12 in Bhilai Charoda; 03 in Jamul and one in Utai. 154 buses were acquitted and pressed into to service. Special precaution regarding corona infection will be taken. Two health workers will be available in each center. Sanitizers, masks, etc will also be available in the polling centres. Polling teams will start reporting soon after commencement of polling on December 20.

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Voters can produce 17 different IDs for polling

Voters can exercise their franchise by producing their photo voter slip which is also available on the website of the State Election Commission. Voters can use 18 types of documents including voter slips. Voters have to present the voter identity card. For the convenience of voters, the facility of voter search has been provided in the website of Chhattisgarh State Election Commission. Voters can search their name as well as download and print voter slip carrying photograph. If the voter does not have any other ID document, then also he can cast his vote using voter slip.

The voter slip can be searched and downloaded from the website of State Election Commission. Voter has to search his name on VoterSearch on the website of State Election Commission “www.cgsec.gov.in”. After this, select your district by going to the voter search option available on the web page, after that enter the name or number of the concerned body and ward. Then write the first three letters of your name in English. After pressing the search button, his name will appear in the voter list in which the voter’s name is Name, Father’s Name, Part Number, Section, EPIC Number, Gender and Polling Station Building Name will also appear. Now click on the tab “View” on the right hand side, the voter will see the voter slip containing his photo on the screen. After this, go to the print option and print the voter list.

Apart from the voter slip, 17 other documents can be used as voter identity card. These documents include Voter ID card provided by the Election Commission of India i.e. EPIC card; Bank / Post Office Photo Passbook; Passport; PAN Card; Aadhaar Card; Service identity card with photo issued by the State Central Government, Public Sector Undertaking or local body to their officers and employees; Photo Pension Document; MGNREGA Job Card; Photo Health Insurance Scheme (Smart) Card; Driving License; Freedom Fighter Identity Card with Photo; Photo marksheet of class X and XII issued by the Central or State Board of Secondary Education; Identity card with photo issued to advocates by Bar Council; Disability Certificate with photo; Ration card with valid photo issued by Chhattisgarh Government; Student ID card with photo issued by the college or school; and Photo Arms License.

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