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Poll booths in red zones may be relocated

india Updated: Oct 20, 2013 21:25 IST
HT Correspondent

Chief election commissioner VS Sampath on Saturday hinted at the possible relocation of nearly 150 polling booths in the hyper-sensitive Bastar zone.

The Chhattisgarh police had recommended that the state EC shift 323 polling stations in the Maoist-infested zone, but the figure was reduced to 299 by the state commission following its own assessment, and forwarded to the EC.

“Efforts would be made to bring the polling booths closer to villages in these areas where the reach is inaccessible”, Sampath said.

Out of the 21,424 polling stations in the state, there are 6,920 sensitive and 3,249 hypersensitive polling.

The EC affirmed that very elaborate security arrangement has been made to ensure free, fair and participatory elections.

“The security measures will be so elaborate, that Bastar might have never seen something like this before”, Sampath said. At the same meeting, the EC cautioned political parties to not mix the approaching festivals with politics.