Chandigarh, 18th January, 2019: A meeting was held today under the Chairmanship of Sh. Mandip Singh Brar, IAS, Additional Chief Electoral Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, U.T. Chandigarh, with the representatives of Political Parties to discuss SVEEP activities (Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation), polling station locations and take suggestions from them on how to increase voter turnout during the General Elections to Lok Sabha-2019. The main areas of focus during the meeting were Electoral Roll Management, EVM/VVPAT and ways to achieve informed, ethical and enhanced participation of citizens in the upcoming elections.

During the meeting, Sh. Mandip Singh Brar informed all the representatives on the efforts being undertaken by the Chandigarh Administration for maximum citizen participation namely Enrollment of PwD electors, Multi-Media communication for awareness, setting up of as many polling stations for the convenience of people, re-verification of existing polling stations, Chandigarh District Contact Centre with Toll Free No. 1950 and Electoral Literacy Clubs to provide timely and accurate election related information to citizens. Additionally the Political Parties were also requested to keep sharing their suggestions and appoint Booth Level Agents for smoothly conducting the elections.

Among others present during the meeting were Sh. Arjun Sharma, IAS, Joint C.E.O-cum-SDM(East), Sh. Jagjit Singh, PCS, Deputy C.E.O-cum-Controller Printing & Stationary, U.T. Chandigarh and other senior officers of the Election Department.