Pioneering Initiative: 35 Polling Stations Set Up in Pune’s Residential Areas

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Pune, 13th April 2024: In a pioneering move aimed at enhancing voter participation in the Lok Sabha elections, Pune has taken a significant step by establishing polling stations within cooperative housing societies, particularly in areas witnessing low turnout. This innovative initiative marks a first-of-its-kind endeavor in the country, reflecting a proactive approach by authorities to encourage civic engagement.

A total of 35 polling stations have been strategically positioned across 12 housing societies catering to a combined electorate of 35,300 voters. This initiative, spearheaded by the Election Commission, underscores a concerted effort to remove logistical barriers and ensure greater accessibility to the electoral process.

Collector Dr Suhas Diwase said that the Election Commission has given specific criteria for the establishment of polling stations within housing societies, a move that has received official sanction. This meticulous planning reflects a commitment to democratizing the electoral process and fostering inclusivity.

Among the notable allocations, Kasturba Society and Silver Crisil Society in Vishrantwadi, Vadgaon Sheri Assembly Constituency, house five and two polling stations respectively. Similarly, Shefalika Heights Society in Kothrud Assembly Constituency accommodates five polling booths, while PMP Happy Colony Hall hosts three booths. In Khadakwasla assembly constituency, polling stations are distributed across Ramnagar Society in Warje, Dhyeypurti Society in Dhankawadi, and Defence Accounting Society. Additionally, single polling stations are established in Suncity, Vadgaon Budruk, DSK Vishwa Vasudha Society, Saptasur Society in Dhayari, and Blue Ridge Public School in Hinjawadi, Bhor Assembly Constituency.

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