Wednesday, 7 November 2018

How to Conduct Mock Poll on Polling Day & Download mock poll certificate

How to Conduct Mock Poll on Polling Day & Download mock poll certificate
MOCK POLL ON THE DAY OF POLL

Mock poll before commencement of actual poll

  1. Mock poll shall be conducted normally one hour before the scheduled hour of commencement of poll. All contesting candidates should be informed in writing well in advance that mock poll would start one hour before the commencement of poll and they should be advised to instruct their polling
  2. agents to be present in time for the mock poll. Polling agents of at least two candidates should be present at the time of Mock Poll. However, if polling agents of at least two candidates are not present, the Presiding Officer may wait for 15 more minutes before conducting the mock poll and if the agents still do not come, then the Presiding Officer may go ahead and start the mock poll. It is further clarified that after waiting for 15 minutes, there is a possibility that only one Polling agent may be present, in that situation also, the Presiding Officer should go ahead and start mock poll. In such case, there should be specific mention in the mock poll certificate on this aspect. 
  3. During the mock poll, BU and VVPAT should be placed in the Voting Compartment, where a Polling Officer should be present along with polling agents to observe. The CU and VSDU should be placed on the table of the Presiding Officer/Polling Officer. This Polling Officer will keep a record of the votes cast.

  4. The mock poll should be conducted with the polling agents voting at random for each of the contesting candidates. A total of at least 50 votes should be polled in the mock poll. In the case of absence of polling agents of any of the candidates, one of the polling officers or other polling agents may record the votes for such candidates. The polling officers present in the
  5. Voting Compartment should ensure that votes are recorded for each of the contesting candidates. After the mock poll, Presiding Officer will ascertain the result in the CU, count the VVPAT paper slips in the presence of the polling agents and confirm that the results tally for each candidate.
  6. All mock poll data in CU and VVPAT paper slips from VVPAT must be removed by the Presiding Officer and the empty drop box verified by the Polling Agents.
  7. The mock poll VVPAT paper slips, should be stamped on their back side with rubber stamp having inscription “MOCK POLL SLIP”, thereafter these mock poll VVPAT paper slips shall be kept in an envelope made of thick black paper and sealed with the seal of the Presiding Officer. The sample image of the said stamp is as under: (The dimensions of the stamp to be used for the purpose should be 3cms X 1.5 cms)
  8. Mock Poll
  9. The Presiding Officer and polling agents must put their signatures on the envelope. The number and name of the polling station, number and name of Assembly Constituency, date of poll and the words “VVPAT paper slips of Mock Poll” shall be written on the envelope.
  10. This envelope must be kept in the special plastic box for mock poll and sealed with a pink paper seal placed all around in such a manner that opening of the box will require breaking of the seal.
  11. The number and name of the polling station, number and name of Assembly Constituency and the date of poll shall be written on the plastic box. 

  12. The Presiding Officer and Polling Agents must put their signatures on the pink paper seal and keep the box along with other documents relating to elections. Thereafter, Presiding Officer will sign the Mock Poll Certificate (Annexure-21) and seal the CU.
  13. The drop box of VVPAT should be sealed with an address tag before the actual poll starts.
  14. The Presiding Officers shall ensure that the data of the mock poll is deleted, without fail, before the official poll starts. This is very critical step and this should be emphasized during training. 
  15. The Presiding Officers shall mention the names of the Polling agents and the candidates (and their party affiliations), whom they represent and also obtain their signatures on the completion of mock poll on the certificate. 
  16. Where a micro-observer has been appointed at any polling stations, he should also participate in all the proceeding of the mock poll and his signature should also be obtained on the mock poll certificate. Further, these proceedings should be videographed wherever videography arrangement has been made at a polling station.
  17. The Presiding Officer and polling agents must put their signatures on the envelope. The number and name of the polling station, number and name of Assembly Constituency, date of poll and the words

  18. “VVPAT paper slips pertaining to Mock Poll conducted in case of replacement of whole set of EVM and VVPAT” shall be written on the envelope.
  19. This envelope must be kept in the special plastic box for mock poll and sealed with a pink paper seal placed all around in such a manner that opening of the box will require breaking of the seal.
  20. The number and name of the polling station, number and name of Assembly Constituency and the date of poll shall be written on the plastic box.
  21. The Presiding Officer and Polling Agents must put their signatures on the pink paper seal and keep the box along with other documents relating to elections. Thereafter, Presiding Officer will sign the another Mock Poll Certificate and seal the CU and VVPAT.



NOTE: The polling parties shall strictly be instructed not to test VVPAT at the time of dispersal and before mock poll at polling station under any circumstance, as VVPATs issued to them are already checked & tested.




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