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CEO assures peacefull polling in first phase

Written by: Staff
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Kolkata, Apr 16 (UNI) Denying the possibility of any disturbance, the Election Commission today said it had taken all possible measures to ensure the first phase of Assembly polling in West Bengal tomorrow.

" We believe that the polling will be held smoothly and peacefully. We have taken all possible measures for peaceful and free and fair elections, " Chief Electoral Officer(CEO) Debasish Sen said.

Altogether 3.2 million voters, 51.05 per cent of them male and 48.92 per cent female, will exercise their rights to franchise to elect the people's representatives from a total of 45 constituencies across Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore districts in the first of the five-pahse polling in the state.

Mr Sen said while full security cover had been provided in all the constituencies, two helicopters would be pressed into service for aerial surveillance and 3,000 digital cameras would be used for taking photographs of the voters without photo identity cards and abnormal incident inside booths.

Altogether 92 Observers - two each for 37 constituencies and eight each for as many - would supervise polling. Ten Observers had been deputed for taking stock of election-related expenditure of the candidates.

The CEO said control rooms had been set up in each of the three districts for monitoring the situation and updated information.

About 70 per cent of the polling personnel had already left for their destinations - 7700 booths - from 21 dispersal centres across the three districts, he informed.

Mr Sen said 95.22 per cent of the voters in the three districts had already received voter's photo identity cards with West Midnapore topping the list(97.59 per cent), followed by Bankura (95.22 per cent) and Purulia (91.15 per cent).

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