The election process in Baramulla Parliamentary Constituency is in full swing with authorities related to the conduct of forthcoming parliamentary elections giving final touches to the arrangements for conducting free and fair polls.
Polling material and staff is being readied for locations and randomization of EVMs and polling staff is also in advanced stages.
Photo electoral rolls have attracted the attention of voters in the constituency and efforts are being made to deliver voter slips to voters at their doorsteps through Booth Level Officers.
According to District Election Officer, Dr. Farooq Ahmad Lone, who is also Returning Officer for the parliamentary constituency, the District administration had launched an awareness drive through colleges and other educational institutions to maximize the inclusion of new and first time voters. As a result many new voters were registered who are expected to exercise their franchise in the coming polls.
As many as 11, 90, 766 voters including 6, 22,632 male and 5,66,460 female voters would be exercising their franchise across the Constituency. This includes 5, 83,753 voters of Baramulla, 2, 11,967 voters of Bandipora and 3, 93,400 voters of Kupwara districts. There are 18,257 migrant voters included in these figures spread over the three districts of Baramulla 8307, Kupwara 8468 and Bandipora 1482.
To facilitate these voters exercise their franchise, 1616 polling booths have been set up across the constituency at 1303 locations. This includes 822 polling booths in Baramulla district, 531 polling booths in Kupwara district and 263 in Bandipora district.
The Election Commission of India has deputed two General Observers Murli Krishna and Pravesh Kumar, one Security Observer Maddyreddy Pratap and one Expenditure Observer Mahipal Singh to monitor free and fair polling in the constituency.
Strict compliance of Model Code of Conduct in the Constituency is being ensured and in every assembly segment one each flying squad and static squad has been set up to check any violations.
District Election Control Rooms have already been set up in all the three districts of the constituency and a round the clock Media Centre for the constituency is already operational at the DC Office, Baramulla with telephone numbers 01952-236512 and 236912.