New Delhi: Electors can carry smartphones at polling stations in 11 assembly constituencies for accessing QR codes from the voters’ helpline app in case they have not brought the voters’ slip to the booth, officials said on Tuesday.
Delhi has 70 Assembly constituencies and one constituency in each of the 11 districts will have this tech-driven facility. “In polling stations in these 11 constituencies, voters who have not been able to bring voters’ slip but have a phone, can download the QR code from the voters’ helpline app. And that can then be used to scan before allowing them to proceed toward the polling compartment. Phones will be kept outside the compartment,” Delhi Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ranbir Singh told reporters.
If phones are compliant with the app or there is some issue in downloading the QR code or there is network issue, then the phone would not be allowed, but would have to be deposited at a locker kept at a little before the polling compartment area, Singh said.
There are 13,750 polling booths located at 2,689 locations across Delhi. Over 1.46 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the 8 February election, according to the final electoral roll published. There are a total of 1,46,92,136 voters – 80,55,686 males, 66,35,635 females and 815 belonging to third gender – in the final voters’ list.
As compared to the final voters list in 2019, the number of voters in Delhi has increased by 9.96 lakh in the final roll of 2020 (up to January 1), he said.
The number of voters in various categories include overseas voters (489), service voters (11,556), voters in age group 18-19 years (2,08,883) and aged above 80 years (2,05,035). The number of differently-abled voters are 55,823 and all facilities will be given to them like the 2019 Lok Sabha election, Singh said.
The number of vulnerable polling stations are 72, number of critical polling stations stand at 3,209, officials said. Postal ballot facility will be provided to ‘absentee voters’ – senior citizens ages above 80 and with disability – at their homes, officials said.
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