The Chief Electoral Officer, Haryana, Mr. Anurag Agarwal said that about 65 percent voting has been recorded in the State in the General Assembly elections-2019, as per the information received so far

Chandigarh, October 21 - The Chief Electoral Officer, Haryana, Mr. Anurag Agarwal said that about 65 percent voting has been recorded in the State in the General Assembly elections-2019, as per the information received so far. He said that the final poll figures are likely to increase. The Chief Electoral Officer was addressing a press conference at Chandigarh here today.

Addressing the media personnel at the media center here, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) said that the election in the State held peacefully. While the CEO also thanked 1.25 lakh officers and employees working in the election duty and about 75 thousand policemen, on giving their contributions for ensuring peaceful conduct of the election across the State. He said that they have all faithfully performed their responsibilities which were assigned to them for the elections.

The Chief Electoral Officer further informed that for this general Assembly Elections, there was about 1 crore 83 lakh 90 thousand 525 voters in the State, so far according to the information received, about 65 percent voters have exercised their vote.

He said that the places where the complaints related to EVM machines kept near the window was reported were immediately resolved and the EVM machines were removed from the window. He said that through the E-dashboard, the Election Commission was getting information from which polling station the polling party had left and which party had reached its destination.

He said that sign language video was shown to the dumb and mute voters in Karnal district so that the voters can cast their votes to their desired candidates. Similarly, special arrangements have been made for the elderly and disabled voters ensuring that they do not face any problem while casting their votes.

Mr. Anurag Agarwal further informed that webcasting was arranged at polling stations, telecast of which was seen live in the control room. He said that a 'Communication-App’ was created at the State level, through which one can directly speak to any election officer of the State from Chandigarh headquarters and share information.

Chief Electoral Officer Mr. Anurag Aggarwal said that the complaints were received in some places about the problem of operation of EVM machines which was immediately resolved. He also informed that before polling in the morning, a mock poll was conducted in the presence of representatives of all political parties at each polling station and the final voting was started only after everyone's satisfaction.

Speaking at the press conference, ADGP, Law, and Order Mr. Navdeep Singh Virk said that the election process across the State was majorly peacefully except for minor incidents reported in some areas. He said that no major incident of violation of law and order was reported. He said that a total of 13 FIRs have been registered in the State after some complaints were received on, including 7 in Nuh, 4 in Rohtak and 2 in Narnaul area.

On this occasion, Additional CEO, D.K. Behera, Chief Joint Electoral Officers Dr. Inder Jeet and Mr. Apurv were also present.

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Peaceful polling in Haryana amid tight security arrangements

Chandigarh, Oct 21 – Haryana Director General of Police, Mr Manoj Yadava said that polling for all 90 seats of State assembly was conducted in a peaceful manner. All efforts to disrupt the polling process were neutralised as a result of energetic patrolling by the concerned SP, DSP and SHO coupled with effective action and decisive intervention carried out since early morning across the state.

The DGP said that elaborate and effective security arrangements were made through effective and well planned deployment of Central Armed Police Forces and State Police. The monitoring of polling situation was regularly conducted through State Police Control Room situated at Police headquarter. Police had also taken all possible precautionary measures for ensuring peaceful polling due to which voters turned up in large numbers in their respective polling stations to exercise their franchise.

He said that no untoward incident of poll related violence was reported from anywhere till completion of polling. However, about half a dozen incidents of clashes outside polling booths were reported from Rohtak and Nuh districts. More than 75,000 personnel from the State and Central Armed Police Forces were deployed to ensure that no anti-social element causes any trouble.

The DGP also complimented the personnel of Haryana Police and other Central Armed Police Forces whose hardwork and dedication have played a significant role in smooth conduct of elections across the state.