Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar Apr 14:
While the Election Commission has made elaborate preparations for the smooth conduct of the last phase polls across 77 Assembly constituencies in Odisha, special arrangements have been planned for five of the seven Assembly constituencies that fall under the Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha seat.
As many as 6512 polling personnel will be deployed across 1052 booths in these five assembly segments- Jatni, Jayadev, Bhubaneswar Ekamra, Bhubaneswar North and Bhubaneswar Middle, where a total of 64 candidates are in the fray, sources in the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) said today.
According to the Returning Officer (RO) and Sub-Collector Bhubaneswar Subrat Kumar Panda, for most of the booths polling team would comprise one presiding officer, five polling officers and a police personnel.
In Jatni segment there are 240 booths while Jayadev segment has 215, Bhubaneswar Ekamara 201, Bhubaneswar Middle 182 and Bhubaneswar North 214 booths.
Of these 142 booths have been categorized as highly sensitive.
While web cameras would be fitted in 61 booths, 80 booths that come under the Bhubaneswar Municipality will be made model polling stations.
455 polling teams will be dispatched tomorrow to different booths coming under Jatni and Ekamra assembly segments. The rest will be sent to three other assembly constituencies on April 16 .
An additional presiding officer will be added to the polling team for urban area booths that have more than 1500 people in the voters’ list,
In the Ekamra segment there will be double polling EVMs because more than 20 candidates are contesting the seat, the RO informed.
A total of 674 vehicles will be pressed into service during the polls in these segments.
Special security measures
Adequate security arrangements have been made by the Commissionerate Police in all the polling booths under these five Assembly constituencies.
“ More than 3,000 police personnel will be deployed in these five Assembly constituencies during the election to ensure the safety of voters as well as peaceful voting,” said Twin City Commissioner of Police (CP) Dr RP Sharma.
Dr Sharma said, an additional five companies of the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) would also be deployed in the city as standby to help the police personnel engaged in polling duty.
Three flying squads and striking forces have already been deployed in each of the five constituencies- that come under the jurisdiction of the Commissionerate Police.
These squads will check violations of model code of conduct, distribution of cash and liquor to the voters during electioneering and will also stop all illegal camps set up by the political parties to appease voters with liquor and food at several places around these five constituencies, Dr Sharma said.