Fans of the ATI building, Ranchi, where the governor will cast his vote, being fixed on Wednesday. (Hardeep Singh)
When governor Syed Ahmed steps into booth No. 14 at Administrative Training Institute (ATI) near Ranchi’s Kanke Road, he may be surprised to find a red carpet rolled out for him. Literally.
This is not all. The state’s First Citizen will be greeted with roses and offered sherbet as he waits for his turn at the EVM after getting a token.
Special arrangements have been made for the governor to ensure that he votes without any hassle on Thursday when Ranchi constituency goes to polls. Right from earmarking a separate “model” booth to introducing a token system to do away with queues, the district administration is leaving no stone unturned to offer a pleasant voting experience to the governor and other VVIPs and VIPs.
“We wanted to ensure that VIPs like the Governor don’t face any problem while voting. Hence, the special treatment. We have earmarked a separate booth for the governor, where other VIPs will be also casting their votes,” confirmed chief electoral officer P.K. Jajoria.
Apart from Ahmed, chief secretary Ram Sevak Sharma, IT secretary N.N. Sinha, state art and culture secretary Vandana Dadel, principal secretary to the chief minister Hemant Soren Sukhdev Singh among others will vote at booth No. 14.
“Governor saab will be exercising his franchise before 9am. We are making proper seating arrangements at the booth besides decorating the entrance to the building. New fans have been brought while the entire premises will be cleaned,” added additional director of ATI Kamal Shankar Srivastava.
To do away with long queues, a token system has been introduced. The voters will collect the tokens and wait while sipping sherbet and will come up to vote only when their numbers are called out. There will be volunteers to assist them. Government vehicles ferrying the VIPs will be parked outside the gates within 100 metres.
In Ranchi constituency that has 2,191 polling booths, 207 booths in urban areas have been dubbed model booths while the rest are ordinary ones. Special provisions like fans, chairs, drinking water, cold drinks have been made at these special booths. The first 50 voters will get roses as well.
The 1,984 ordinary booths will have water, toilet and ramps for the disabled.
“At all model booths, the facilities are for both VIP plus ordinary voters. We are making an exception only for the governor,” Jajoria added.
Apart from booth 14, a few model booths are 15, also in ATI; 8 and 13 at Red Cross Building, Morabadi; 281-284 at IMA Bhavan, Karamtoli; 318 and 320 at St Xavier’s School, Doranda; and 321 and 322 at Jawahar Vidya Mandir (JVM), Shyamali.