Critical events of PRI elections to be videographed

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Chandigarh, May 10 (UNI) The Punjab State Election Commission today issued directions for videography of critical events of the Panchayati Raj Institutions elections slated for May 12 in the state.

All District Electoral Officers-cum-Deputy Commissioners and Additional District Electoral Officers-cum-Additional Deputy Commissioners (Dev) have been directed to record through videography the main critical events during the process of election with a view to have a true, faithful and concurrent record of violations of election laws.

A spokesman of the State Election Commission said the Commission had also directed that videography would be carried out in the sensitive polling stations on random basis or as required under the local situation.

It could also be used to record commission of corrupt practices in the electoral process. The District Electoral Officer/Additional District Electoral Officer could decide upon the number of video teams required for the purpose.

The Commission has advised that events considered for proper watch and videography are riots or riotous situations or commotions, brick batting, violent incidents, damaging of property, looting, arson, brandishing of arms, booth capturing, intimidation of voters, inducement/bribing of voters by distribution of items like sarees, dhotis, blankets among others canvassing within 100 metres of polling stations, vulgar display of expenditure like huge cutouts and movement and activities of candidates with doubtful/ criminal records.

He said the video or digital proceedings would be carried out inside the polling station in Panchayati Raj elections on the same pattern as adopted in the Assembly elections.

Meanwhile, the Commission today postponed the elections in the two zones of two Zila Parishads and four Panchayat Samitis to May 26 on the direction of the High court.

More than 1.51 crore voters would exercise their franchise in the state on Monday in the general elections to 20 Zila Parishads and 141 Panchayat Samitis.

A total of 17,714 polling booths have been set up for the elections.

To ensure smooth, free and fair voting about 88,700 employees have been deputed at the polling booths as presiding officers and polling officers. Besides, the Commission has deputed 29 observers in the state.


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