As Haryana votes to elect its new government on Wednesday, polling parties on Tuesday left for their respective 16,357 booths along with electronic voting machines (EVMs) and related material. There are over 1.63 crore voters who would decide the fate of 1,351 candidates from 90 constituencies. Of the candidates, 116 are women. Voters include over 87 lakh men and nearly 75 lakh women.
Chief electoral officer, Haryana, Shrikant Walgad said on Tuesday that a mock poll would be organised in front of agents of candidates from 6am to 7am on Wednesday; and after that polling would be held from 7am to 6pm.
He said candidates of Congress and BJP were contesting on all 90 seats whereas 88 candidates of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), 87 of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), 65 of the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC), 17 of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM), 14 of the CPI and 297 of other registered parties, while 603 independent candidates are also in fray.
Of the 90 Constituencies, 17 are reserved for SC/ST. There are 30 constituencies where more than 15 candidates each are contesting and two EVMs each would be installed. Bhiwani has the highest number of candidates at 31, whereas the least number of nominees, seven each, are in fray in Shahbad and Nuh. The most voters, at 3.16 lakh, are in Badshahpur segment, while the least, at 1.26 lakh, are in Narnaul.
Walgad said 2,700 booths have been identified as sensitive. Most of the sensitive zones, he said, are in Ellenabad, Uchana Kalan, Tosham, Narnaund, Kaithal and Palwal segments.
Video cameras have been installed and web-casting would be done or micro observers deputed at all polling booths for monitoring the election process. In all, 70,000 polling officials in addition to the over 50,000 security personnel —including 80 companies of the Central Reserve Police Force — have been deployed.