Pune Prepares For Lok Sabha By-Election as Voting Machines Arrive From Bangalore

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Pune, 24th May 2023: The by-election for the vacant seat of Pune Lok Sabha Constituency following the unfortunate demise of Member of Parliament Girish Bapat appears imminent. The Central Election Commission has dispatched a letter to the District Collector’s office, urging them to submit the necessary polling materials and ancillary information within the next 48 hours. Additionally, 4,200 voting machines have arrived in Pune from Bangalore in preparation for the upcoming election.

The district administration has already commenced preparations for the by-elections in Pune Lok Sabha Constituency. While the Central Election Commission possesses information regarding the polling stations, plans are underway to compile the voter list and arrange for voting machines and associated materials in the six assembly constituencies falling within the Pune Lok Sabha Constituency. In light of these preparations, the Central Election Commission has urgently requested the District Election Branch to provide information pertaining to the voting materials.

The Pune Lok Sabha Constituency comprises six assembly constituencies: Vadgaon Sheri, Shivajinagar, Kothrud, Parvati, Pune Cantonment, and Kasba Peth. The constituency boasts a total of 1,972,372 eligible voters spread across 2,000 polling stations. The district administration currently possesses 12,600 voting machines, including ballot units, control units, and VVPAT (Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail) devices, which are essential for conducting the elections.

Preliminary inspections of these machines are currently underway at the Indian Food Godown in Koregaon Park. The inspections include assessing the suitability of the machines for the by-election, ensuring the availability of supplementary and backup machines, and making necessary security arrangements. Deputy Collectors, Tehsildars, Talathis, Mandal Officers, and Clerks from the Revenue Department are supervising these inspections.

While there had been debates regarding the necessity of a by-election for Pune’s vacant seat following MP Bapat’s demise, the arrival of the voting machines and the Election Commission’s request for voting materials indicate that the announcement of the by-election is imminent.

It is important to note that the general Lok Sabha election is scheduled to take place next year.


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