High-tech booth surveillance in Amritsar

April 23, 2014 05:30 PM


AMRITSAR: District administration plans to literally keep a sharp eye out for any type of mischief on the day of the poll.Deputy Commissioner cum District Electoral Officer, Ravi Bhagat said that the administration has selected twenty critical polling booths, which will be continuously monitored by the election officials via the Webcasting technology on the polling day.


Special cameras will be put at these booths, which will generate a constant live telecast of the booth activities, he added.


Special cameras will enable the officials to detect and prevent any type of illegal activity such as booth capturing, rigging, and any other type of law and order situation and will help keep the mischief mongers and miscreants at bay, informed he.


This live telecast will also be available for viewing by normal citizens through their mobiles and laptops, by logging on to the web address www.punjab.vmukti.com and filling up the user name as "punjab" and the password as "punjab@admin". The people can watch the polling going on live at this address.


This same video feed shall also be watched by the Election Commission of India as well as the Chief Electoral Officer,Punjab at the same time as the voters, he informed.


The students of Amritsar Engineering College, Manawala, have been roped in for setting up of this system.


The booths which will be covered by webcasting include: Ajnala-11: polling station no 73 at govt senior secondry school for girls, PS NO 76 at govt senior secondary school boys; Rajasansi-12: PS 88 and 178; Majitha-13: PS 28, 103-104; Amritsar North: PS 159, 167; Amritsar West: PS no 145-146; Amritsar Central: PS no 40 and 104; Amritsar South-19: PS no 80 and 33; Amritsar East: PS no 04 and 94; Attari: PS no 17 and 18; Jandiala guru- 14 (LS seat Khadoor Saahib): PS no 155.

Bhagat further informed that to ensure the highest level of security to the EVMs kept in the Strong Rooms after the polling is over, the administration has decided to install infra-red cameras, having night vision facility, both inside and outside the strong rooms.


Adding further he said that these cameras will be operational day and night till the counting day and will have a recording capacity of one month. The viewing screens of these cameras will be put up outside the strong rooms so that any political party, its representative or the candidate can view the video feed anytime and satisfy themselves about the safety and integrity of the EVMs.

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