2. Though instructions have been issued over a period of time that cover almost all the major concerns and aspects of polling station management, the Commission has observed with great concern that there are gaps in actual implementation of these instructions. The Commission attaches greater importance to the voter participation and his / her experience at polling station and in the past, provisions for voter friendly facilities and amenities have been incorporated in the Commission's directions. ln continuation of the Commission's instructions issued vide its letters mentioned at Annexure-l on the subject mentioned against those, the following instructions on facilities to be provided at the polling stations and to the voters shall be followed strictly.
3. The Commission identified the list of Basic Minimum Facilities (BMF) which every DEO shall provide at each polling station within his district. These Basic Minimum Facilities are:
i. Provision for ramp
ii. Provision for drinking water
iii. Adequate furniture
iv. Proper lighting
v. Help Desk
vi. Proper signage
A note on assessment and inventory of Basic Minimum Facilitles at Polling Stations
is enclosed herewith.
3. The Commission desires that the following instructions, to assess and
make inventory of the polling station locations in the States / UTs, are carried out
strictly and scrupulously:
l. The DEO and the Returning Officer (RO) shall do an advance exercise well
before the election to get the conditions of the polling stations physically
verified by the field officials. The Sector Officers should visit each polling
station / location within his / her jurisdiction to assess whether it is use worthy.
The Returning Officer should physically verify 10% of the polling stations /
ll. The DEOs should form territorial teams / squads to visit each and every
polling station location and prepare a video docurnentation on the condition of
polling station and existing amenities and a feedback on action to be taken for
each such polling station as per Annexure-ll. During videography, the
following points should be covered:
a. access / entry of the polling station locations;
b. surroundings of the polling station;
c. existence of boundary wall; if any.
d. building area, open space, number of rooms;
e. actual location of Polling Station within the premises/campus;
f. availability / location of civic amenities like drinking water, toilets,
electricity, ramp, furniture, shades etc.
lll. At the beginning of videography, the following should be displayed on a card
board and captured on camera, as well as spelt out in voice-over:
a. District Name;
b. AC Number & Name;
c. PS Location Number & Name;
d. PS Number and address.