Chandigarh: The polling to the Chandigarh Parliamentary Constituency has been held today in a peaceful manner and no untoward incident has been reported from any part of the Constituency. Right from the start of the poll at 7.00 AM, voters in large number started pouring at the polling stations. A total 3, 39,140 numbers of voters (male 1, 89,161 and female 1, 49,979) exercised their franchise up to 5.00 PM. The percentage of votes polled has risen from 52.06% in the last Parliamentary elections in the year 2004 to 65% in the current election. This increase in the number of votes is mainly attributed to the increased awareness among the people to exercise their franchise.
Long queues of voters were witnessed at various polling stations even after 5.00 PM. Before the start of election, mock poll was held at all the polling stations. During the mock poll, 12 EVMs at various polling stations were found not properly functional, mainly on account of low batteries, though brand new batteries were installed in the EVMs. All of these EVMs were set right before the start of the poll.
The polling parties had reached on 12th may, 2009 at their respective polling stations. As per instructions of Election Commission of India, candidates/their authorized representatives can also keep watch over the strong rooms. The polling parties are reaching back at their respective counting centres. EVMs are being stored in the Strong Rooms of the counting Centres. Video cameras/CCTVs are being installed outside the strong rooms.
Sufficient number of police personnel is deployed round-the-clock to keep constant vigil at the strong rooms.
The Chief Electoral Officer, Chandigarh has thanked all the election related staff for conducting free fair and peaceful elections and performing their assigned duties with dedication and also thanked the voters of Chandigarh to have come for voting in large numbers despite hot weather conditions.