CCTV cameras at polling booths to ensure rigging free polls

KL Report

SRINAGAR

In a significant move to ensure free and fair polling during the forthcoming parliamentary elections in Jammu and Kashmir- first time in the state, more than 300 CCTV cameras are being installed at the rigging sensitive polling booths.

Sources said that some opposition parties in the state including main opposition PDP had written to Election Commission- raising apprehensions of the possible interference by the state machinery during polls.  The parties had urged the commission to ensure that the polling booths be kept under the surveillance so that rigging could be avoided.

Sources confirmed further that the Office of the chief election officer Jammu and Kashmir had issued advertisement, asking the companies to submit their tenders for the installation of CCTV cameras at various polling booths of the state.

Tender of the Srinagar based private company has been approved and the said firm has been informed to start the project in this regard.

Sources stated that 300 CCTV cameras are being installed at various polling booths in the state.

The officials added that to ensure no rigging, no political interference, and misuse of authority by the poling staff- the installed of CCTV cameras have great significance.

They informed further that the procedure will be followed during the assembly polls also that are scheduled to be held by the end of this year.  (KNS)

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