Punjab civic bodies polls: 77% of polling stations sensitive

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 18, 2015 22:05 IST

About 77% of the polling stations for elections to six municipal corporations (MCs) and 122 municipal councils and notified area committees (NACs), scheduled for February 22 and 25, respectively, have been declared sensitive or hypersensitive.

In the six municipal corporations, just 31 polling stations out of 309 are neither sensitive nor hypersensitive, state election commissioner, Punjab, Shivinder Singh Brar told mediapersons during a briefing on Wednesday.

As per figures provided by the state election commission, 235 polling stations for the corporation polls are sensitive and 43 hypersensitive; besides, there are 753 polling booths. In the case of municipal councils and NACs, there are 1,486 polling stations, including 940 sensitive and 163 hypersensitive, and 3,170 polling booths.
Speaking on the occasion, additional director general police (ADGP), Punjab, CSR Reddy said, “All is well. There is no law and order problem. The polls are going to be peaceful.”

According to him, 10,400 weapons have been deposited with the police and carrying of arms during the polls is prohibited. Reddy added that no seizure of liquor, drugs or money had been reported so far.
About the security at polling stations, Reddy said sensitive ones would get additional force of one head constable and two constables each. The regular deployment is 3-9 personnel, depending on the number of polling booths per polling station.

The state elections commission has also allowed video recording outside polling stations, in case it is demanded by the candidates. There is a total deployment of 3,927 police personnel for the municipal corporations and 15,689 personnel for the NACs and municipal councils.

The counting for municipal councils and NACs would start in the evening on February 25, and for the municipal corporations on February 26. “We have given an undertaking in the Punjab and Haryana high court that elections to the civic bodies would be over by February 25, so we are sticking to the schedule,” Brar added.

About 1,000 complaints have been received by the state election commission, alleging police interference in the polls, interference of the civic administration, and deletion of names from voter lists. According to Brar, the commission has sought a report from the returning officers on all complaints.

Key figures

7,006 Total number of candidates in fray

237 Highest number of candidate in fray in Pathankot municipal corporation

Rs 5.5 crore total expenditure on the polls

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