Bhopal, Nov 26 : Madhya Pradesh is all geared up for elections on Thursday.
Preparations are in full swing to ensure a peaceful and fair poll in 230 State Assembly seats. A record number of 3179 candidates, including 226 women and 1369 independents are in the fray for this year's election.
Over 260 police and para military companies have been deployed across the state to maintain tight security during the casting of votes.
The Election Commission has deployed police officers of the rank of inspector-general in various districts such as Betul, Datia, Harda, Tikamgarh, Ratlam and Sidhi to ensure law and order.
Over 400 micro observers have also been deployed across the state to keep a watchful eye. Meanwhile, patrolling in areas bordering Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh has been increased to check the movement of unauthorized vehicles and persons.
Polling officers and staff have already started reaching their respective polling booths. Over 46,800 booths have been set up for the polls.