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HindustanTimes Tue,21 Oct 2014

Uttarakhand all set for May 7 LS polls

HT Correspondent  Dehradun, May 05, 2014
First Published: 22:55 IST(5/5/2014) | Last Updated: 22:57 IST(5/5/2014)

About 48,122 personnel were deployed in 10,094 polling booths in view of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls across state on May 7. Apart from 11,484 returning officers and 36,638 polling officer, about 711 micro observers are also appointed for the same.

For security in polling booths, 79 gazetted police officers, 122 supervisors, 759 deputy supervisors, 1,531 head constables, 11,225 constables, 11,245 home guards and 5,409 watchmen were deployed.  Besides, 21 company of PAC jawans and 56 company of central police were also appointed to keep vigil for the smooth flow of elections. About 3,258 lightweight vehicles and 3,029 heavy weight vehicles were also booked.

The state is divided in 189 zones having 1,025 sectors. About 34 zones are listed as sensitive and 200 sectors were listed as extra-sensitive. Out of 10,094 polling booths in the state, 1,991 are sensitive and 1,079 are extra-sensitive booths. About 9,225 polling booths have separate entry and exit doors, 7,288 polling booths have the facility of ramps, 9,694 polling booths have drinking water facility and 8,390 have power facility.

About 8,622 polling booths have waiting rooms or shades, while 9,666 polling booths have washroom facility and 9,923 booths have the required furniture.

About 132 polling parties left for their respective polling booths of Chakrata assembly constituency from Parade Ground on Monday in the capital, while 56 polling parties have already left on May 4. The remaining 11 polling parties would leave on May 6 for the assembly constituency. Besides, 1,326 remaining polling parties for various assembly constituencies would also leave on Tuesday.

Under the supervision of Dehradun district magistrate (DM) and district election officer (DEO) BVRC Purushottam, poll material was distributed to polling parties from 6am. About 132 polling parties procured poll material and left for Chakrata assembly constituency. Within two days, 188 polling parties have left for the region.

Poll parties for three assembly constituency of Haridwar LS constituency — 153 polling parties for Dharampur, 148 Doiwala and 162 for Rishikesh  — would leave on Tuesday. On the same day, polling parties for the remaining assembly constituencies — Raipur, Rajpur Road, Dehradun Cantt, Mussoorie, Sahaspur and Vikasnagar —  would also leave for the same.

The DM said that four polling booths in the district were amended — two each in Dehradun Cantt and Mussoorie.  He added that scrutiny of 17A forms would be done in the presence of expenditure observers. In this regard, he asked candidates and their election teams to remain present during the process.


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