Friday, April 1, 2011

Over 40 pc polling stations vulnerable in Assam

Guwahati, Mar 31 

With over 40 per cent of the pollingstations in Assam marked as sensitive or hyper-sensitive, special precautions are being taken by the administration to ensure that the polling process is conducted withoutany hindrances or violence.

Of the total 23,853 polling stations to be set for the two-phased election, 11,286 have been categorised as sensitive or hyper-sensitive.

For the first phase, 11,264 polling stations will be set up in 7,743 locations, of which 2,093 have been marked hyper-sensitive and 2,985 as sensitive.

Similarly, for the second phase, out of the 12,589 polling stations to be set up in 7,910 locations, 2,033 have been categorised as hyper-sensitive and 4,175 as sensitive.

Video or still cameras will be used by the Election Commission to monitor polling in 1,350 polling stations in the first phase and in 1,148 polling stations in the second phase.

As many as 817 vulnerable hamlets have been identified in the first phase and another 475 in the second phase.

As many as 350 companies of additional Central security forces have already arrived in the state for the polls. This is over the 96 companies of Central security forces that are already deployed in the state.

Over 100 unlicenced arms/weapons have been seized since the declaration of the poll dates (on March 1 last). Besides, 3282 cartridges, 297 detonators and 13 grenades are among other explosives seized so far.

Moreover, 6,569 licenced arms have been deposited so far.

As many as 4,562 Non-Bailable Warrants (NBWs) have been executed till March 28, while another 7272 remained pending.

The CEO’s office has received reports of 117 instances of violence related to campaigning or feuds between political rivals.

Of the total 126 constituencies, 62 will go to the polls on April 4 and the remaining 64 on April 11.

Counting of votes is slated on May 13.

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