More than 18 lakh voters will exercise their right to franchise in the by-poll for Shahdol Lok Sabha and Nepanagar assembly seats on Saturday to decide the fact of 21 candidates.
The voting will be conducted from 7 am to 5 pm. Shahdol has 1600787 voters and 17 candidates while Nepanagar 230420 voters and 4 candidates. Shahdol has 9 independent candidates while there is no independent candidate in Nepangar. The voters in Shahdol and Nepangar include 25 and 17 third gender voters too.
The electronic voting machines will display photographs of the candidates too apart from the symbols.
First by-poll after Centre’s demonetisation scheme
The by-poll assumes significance as it happens to be the first election after the central government’s demonetisation scheme.
Four Lok Sabha constituencies in three states including Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Assam and 8 assembly constituencies in six states including Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and Tripura will see polling on November 19. The result will be out on November 22.
As per an official release, fifteen companies each of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and State’s special armed force (SAF) have been deployed in the constituencies to ensure free and fair polls. Contingents of the two forces did a flag march in the vulnerable pockets.
The district police’s 179 officers, 2431 constables and 1813 home guards too have been deployed. Two companies of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) will look after the security of electronic voting machines (EVMs).
Polling in Shahdol parliamentary constituency will be held at 2070 polling centres spread over 8 assembly seats in four districts. The polling centres include 300 in urban areas and 1770 in rural areas. There are 385 critical polling centres.
Nepanagar assembly seat has 296 polling centres including 29 in urban areas and 267 in rural areas. There are 38 critical polling centres.
Cong accuses BJP of using money & muscle power to influence voters
Congress has accused BJP of using money and muscle power to influence the voters in the two constituencies.
The state Congress chief spokesperson KK Mishra alleged despite the election campaign coming to an end the BJP is exercising its influence over the voters through the ministers.
He said the Congress MP Vivek Tankha had talked to the retuning officers while another MP and senior party leader Kamal Nath had a talk with chief election commissioner regarding gross violation of election’s model code of conduct.