HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Officials from each of the 75 District Election offices are collecting information on over 10,000 polling centres to place information on the Global Positioning System (GPS) for effective planning and management of each centre, the Election Commission said.
EC Spokesperson Sharada Prasad Trital said the process of strengthening polling centres is under way. He hoped the database would be completed and used for the election of November 22.
The information form includes physical status of the centre, including public buildings, toilets, drinking water, altitude and distance from neighboring centres.
Kathmandu District Election Office Chief Shambhu Prasad Chalise said information of the total counted open ground polling centres and centres located in difficult topographies could be important for the commission to assess which centres needed special focus to plan elections efficiently.
EC aims to limit the distance from voters’ homes to the polling centre to a maximum of 5 km for increased access. The database will give an idea of restructuring the centres, said Trital.
EC has recently completed the registration of voters lists containing image and biometrics in the first phase.