Chandigarh: In a bid to ensure enhanced
participation of women electors on polling day in Punjab,
special arrangements, including deployment of women polling
officers, have been made by the election authorities.
"The EC has already issued guidelines to take special care
of the aged, pregnant women, physically challenged and young
mothers carrying small children to enable them cast their vote
comfortably," Special Chief Electoral Officer Usha R Sharma
said on Friday.
Facilities like entry of two female candidates at a time,
women polling officers, separate polling stations in same
building for men and women are among the steps introduced to
enhance the participation of women electors.
Sharma said that 55 general observers, 43 expenditure
observers and 27 police observers have already reached at
different areas in Punjab for the polling on January 30.
Meanwhile, the commission has received 1350 complaints of
alleged violations of model code of conduct from across the
state, out of which 660 complaints have been disposed of.