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Voters if needed to be escorted to booths: EC

Election Commission has made arrangements to escort voters to their polling stations during the last phase of the assembly elections to be held on Tuesday.

kolkata Updated: May 10, 2011 14:33 IST

Election Commission has made arrangements to escort voters to their polling stations during the last phase of the assembly elections to be held on Tuesday.

The districts of West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura — all Left Wing Extremist (LWE)-affected areas — are going to polls on Tuesday. A total of 26,57,434 electors would decide the fate of 97 candidates contesting the 14 assembly seats across the three districts.

Sunil Gupta, chief electoral officer (CEO) of West Bengal, said, “Voters would be escorted to polling stations in case of any problem.” Besides, the CEO also made an appeal to the voters to come out and cast their vote fearlessly as the Election Commission of India has made unprecedented security arrangements.

Unlike other phases, the voting time for this phase of polls would be from 7am to 3pm.

The CEO also informed that after conducting an extensive survey for three months 1,805 vulnerable hamlets have been identified and the ECI contacted all vulnerable persons, briefed them about the security arrangement, assured them and asked them to come and vote.

The sectors in this phase of polling have been kept smaller to ensure fast replacement of EVMs in case a fault occurs with an EVM. In addition all polling officials have been asked to check the EVMs before leaving for their respective polling stations. The ECI has also deployed 272 micro observers, positioned 371 digital cameras and 219 video cameras besides making arrangements for web casting from 50 places.

The CEO also said that two helicopters have been conducting aerial supervision for the last five days.

One more (the third) helicopter also joined the existing two on Sunday and the third helicopter would be used for aerial supervision in Bankura on Tuesday. Gupta added that the force has reached their respective areas and have started area domination flag march and route march in the areas to isntill confidence among voters.