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Bhubaneswar, Jan 7:

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Commissionerate police has made elaborate security arrangements for the smooth conduct of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls on Wednesday.

Thirty five 35 platoons of police personnel have been deployed free and fair polling, Commissionerate police sources said.

“We have provided strike forces to all police stations in the city to ensure law and order is maintained during the polling. Besides, entry points to the city have also been sealed,” Twin City commissioner RP Sharma said.

A close watch is being kept on the over 300 booths identified as sensitive, he said.

Besides, the government has also appointed 3780 poling officials for the smooth conduct of voting.

The polling parties have already started reaching the booths.

Arrangements have been made for live webcast from 20 wards so that State Election Commission (SEC) officials can monitor the polling process, an official said.

About 6, 90,239 voters – 3,96,454 males and 2,93,794 females – will cast their votes in 660 booths to decide the fate of the 393 candidates contesting in the 67 wards of the Corporation.

While 141 of them are candidates of different political parties, 186 are independent and other candidates.

The ruling BJD has fielded candidates in all the 67 wards while the Congress has fielded candidates in 62 and BJP in 66 wards.

While all the political heavy weights campaigned for their party candidates, chief minister Naveen Patnaik also campaigned extensively for the BJD candidates.

However, the rebels contesting the election as independents after being denied tickets by their respective parties are likely to play a decisive role in the election.

The results of the election will be announced on Thursday.

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