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Assembly polls: 10 new measures introduced by the Election Commission
Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/assembly-polls-10-new-measures-introduced-by-the-ec/listshow/56367235.cms
Source Date: Friday, January 06, 2017
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, Knowledge Management in Government, Citizen Engagement, Internet Governance
Country: India
Created: Jan 06, 2017

1. Coverage charge

Any programme featuring a candidate on a TV channel owned by their party will be considered poll expenditure.

2. All governement dues cleared

The Election Commission wants candidates to supply a certificate that they owe no arrears to any government department or agency, like utility bills.

3. One way e-ballot transmission

The ballot paper will be sent electronically for defence, paramilitary personnel and those posted in missions abroad, but the votes will have to be posted back.

4. Voter guide in local language

Each house gets a booklet with polling information, contacts of poll officials etc.

5. 72-hour protocol

An SOP for the first 72 hours after announcement of polls and for the last 72 hours before polling to ensure that the poll machinery is set rolling and activated.

6. Height of voting compartment

Taking note of complaints received in previous elections, the height of the voting compartment would be raised from 24 inches to 30 inches to ensure secrecy.

7. Directions to polling station

Voting slips will carry Google Maps snapshot of the polling station.

8. Caste/Religion barred

The Election Commission will strictly implement the Supreme Court order to ensure that canvassing on religious and caste lines does not take place.

9. Separate polling stations for women

Looking at the customs and social practice of some areas, the EC has directed setting up separate polling stations for the women.

10.Photos of candidates on EVMs

Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will display photographs of candidates for the first time in Manipur and Uttarakhand.

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