DEO Kathua introduces Model Polling Station near Indo-Pak International Border

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KATHUA, April 17: In a pioneering effort to enhance public awareness and understanding of the voting process, the District Election Office Kathua, under the exemplary leadership of District Election Officer Dr. Rakesh Minhas, has unveiled a Model Polling Station near the Zero Line of the Indo-Pak International Border in Hiranagar.

Located just over 500 meters from the fence, the Government High School Kadyala has been transformed into a vibrant hub adorned with Tricolor Balloons, welcoming voters to experience a festival-like atmosphere. Ensuring accessibility and comfort, the station boasts Pink Toilets for women voters, dedicated facilities for male voters, clean drinking water, and ramps for persons with disabilities, all meticulously arranged to enhance the voting experience.

The Model Polling Station also has a huge concentration of flower plants adding greenery to the entire landscape of the Polling Station.

Electricity provision ensures proper lighting and fans, while the presence of police and CAPF personnel ensures the safety and security of all voters.

The Model Polling Station witnessed a series of mock polls, including scenarios for normal voting, all-female staff booths (Pink Booth scenario), and voters with disabilities. Local male, female, and PwD voters participated in the mock polls, providing a realistic depiction of the entire voting process.

The exercise, captured in a comprehensive video, aims to educate the local community about the step-by-step procedures involved in casting their vote on polling day. The video is being circulated throughout Kathua, empowering voters with the knowledge to navigate the polling station with confidence and clarity.

Commenting on the initiative, Dr. Rakesh Minhas, District Election Officer Kathua, emphasized the importance of voter education and engagement in fostering a robust democratic culture. He expressed confidence that the Model Polling Station and educational video would contribute significantly to voter turnout and participation in the upcoming elections.

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