Haryana, Rajasthan Home Guards for MCD polls
A total of 34 companies of paramilitary forces have been sanctioned by the central government for the elections.Updated: Apr 04, 2007, 08:55 IST
A total of 7,500 Home Guards from Haryana and Rajasthan have been called in New Delhi to assist the Delhi Police during elections to pick a new Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) April 5.
Over 6,000 Home Guards from Haryana and 1,500 from Rajasthan will be deployed in 9,645 polling booths along with the 4,000 Home Guards from Delhi during balloting for 272 seats, an increase from 134 seats five years ago.
"Their help was sought due to staff shortage in Delhi Police. They will be deployed at all polling booths under the direct supervision of Delhi Police," a senior official told the agency.
"Though the number of polling booths will only go up by 5-6 per cent, an extra force was required to conduct the polls peacefully," the official added.
A total of 34 companies of paramilitary forces have also been sanctioned by the central government for the elections.
"They would be deployed depending on the population of the constituency, the location as well as the sensitivity of the wards," he added.
Another official told the agency: "The state election commission has decided to set up 9,645 polling booths, 39 of which will be in tents.
"There are 58 wards in the hyper-sensitive category and over 300 in sensitive category, depending on the chances of violence there," he added.
Most such wards are in the districts of east, northeast and southwest Delhi, where the density of population is very high.
The authorities have appointed 68 returning officers, 272 assistant returning officers, 34 election observers and 34 expanse officers.
A total of 1,100 sector officers of the rank of assistant sub-inspectors will provide safe passage of the ballots from polling booths to the office of the state election commission.
The border areas of the capital would be sealed before the D-day to control the flow of illegal liquor and muscle power from adjoining states.