Unusual calm: Absent turmoil as candidates yet to step up campaign in Amritsar: The Tribune India

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Tribune press service

Manmeet Singh Gill

Amritsar, January 18

The usual hustle and bustle associated with Assembly elections is lacking this time, as due to strict EC guidelines, candidates are unable to hold large gatherings and gatherings.

In this election season, residents have yet to see political party supporters dancing to the dhol beat during door-to-door campaigns or noisy bicycle rallies or listen to the annoying slogans on auto-rickshaws.

For a long time, the loudspeaker-mounted auto rickshaws that covered the length and breadth of a precinct several times a day remained the heart of the campaign trail in the city.

Even flyers, hanging banners and posters are missing the electoral scene so far. While the three major parties, the SAD, Congress and AAP, have already announced their candidates, the type of celebration of election solicitation is not right.

While political candidates might surely be upset as they are unable to show their strength by holding large rallies, locals are happy and said the election campaign should be kept quiet and political parties should not be allowed. to disturb the general public.

The townspeople uttered the usual slogans such as “tohade elake de parhe likhe, soojwan, candidate imandar” (well-educated, rational and honest candidate from your area) and “ehna di kamyabi tohadi apni kamyabi hai” (their success is your own success) that have been played at high volume all day are no longer audible.

“People already know their candidates. The election campaign doesn’t matter as long as every party and every candidate is not playing in the same arena,” said retired headteacher Santokh Singh. He said he hoped the election campaign would also remain silent in the coming days. However, political observers believe election fever will sooner or later grip the city and the candidates and said political activity will pick up steam after nominations are filed.

Randomization of held EVMs

Amritsar: To facilitate the smooth conduct of the elections, the District Election Office on Tuesday proceeded with the randomization of Assembly-wide electronic voting machines in the presence of political party representatives. DEO Gurpreet Singh Khaira said polling stations were set up in all constituencies in the district, which were connected to EVMs and VVPATs. He said that excess EVMs and VVPATs have been reserved for voting booths so that in the event of a faulty unit, the electoral process will not be affected. He said that after the conclusion of the randomization, the assistant returning officers would keep the EVMs in vaults in their respective areas. The operation of EVM and VVPAT machines was also presented. He informed the representatives of the political parties that the vote cast on the VVPATs could be viewed on the screen for seven seconds. TNS

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