Reported by Simanchal Pattnaik
Phulbani, Apr 8:
While all the political parties revved up their campaign to woo the voters on the last day of campaigning for the first phase polls in Odisha, the Kandhamal administration geared up its machinery to ensure free and fair polls in the district.
According to reports, polling officials gathered in three sub divisional headquarters at Phulbani, G Udayagiri and Baliguda where the officers on duty were busy in despatching the polling teams to their respective booths with electronic voting machines (EVMs), required number of vehicles, staff and security personnel.
There are 637 polling booths in Phulbani, Baliguda and G Udayagiri Assembly constituencies in the district.
In Phulbani constituency, out of 219 booths, 24 are in the urban areas while the remaining 195 are located in the villages.
In G Udayagiri constituency, out of 242 booths, six are in the urban and 236 are in the rural areas.
However, in Baliguda, all 176 booths are in the rural areas.
There are 637 presiding officers, 637 first polling officers, 714 second polling officers, 637 third polling officers, 637 fourth polling officers and 637 fifth polling officers for the polling on Thursday.
While 568 constables and 272 home guards have been deployed for poll duty, four inspectors, 53 sub inspectors and assistant sub inspectors, 100 constables and 10 platoons of armed police force have been kept in reserve.
Besides, 10 companies of CRPF, 40 platoons of India Reserve Battalion (IRB) and Odisha State Armed Police (OSAP) have been deployed in the polling booths located in the Maoist affected areas, official sources said.