HP has 7,251 polling stations

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Shimla, Jun 28 (UNI) Following the Delimitation Commission's notification, the number of polling stations in the state has gone up to 7,251 with the Commission approving 1,007 new stations in the 68 member assembly, State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Manisha Nanda today said.

Apart from the existing 6,244 polling stations in the 68 assembly constituencies and four parliamentary constituencies, the commission has approved 1,007 new polling stations, she said in a release here.

Ms Nanda said after the setting up of new polling stations the maximum number of voters in the rural areas would be 1,000 per booth and 1,200 in urban areas.

Priority was being accorded to open new polling stations in villages with more than 300 voters, she said adding that voters would not have to travel more than two kilometers to cast their votes.

She said as per the directions of Election Commission the rationalisation process of polling stations was being implemented now after 1997. About 655 new polling stations have been set up in rural areas and 30 in urban areas, whole 262 new polling stations have been set up to reduce the distance by two km whereas 60 new polling stations have been approved for villages with more than 300 voters, She said.

There has been an increase of 265 polling stations in 15 assembly segments of Kangra district, she added.

Ms Nanda said the photographic electoral rolls would be available for inspection at all polling stations from July 10 to July 24. She said the lists of polling stations would be published by June 30, adding that at present there were as many as 45,40,995 electors in the state.


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