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Central forces to be deployed in 4 dists

THE State Election Commission (SEC) has decided to deploy Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF) in Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Kanpur (Nagar) and Allahabad to check any untoward incident during the civic poll. There are apprehension of violence in these areas.

india Updated: Oct 31, 2006 01:36 IST
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THE State Election Commission (SEC) has decided to deploy Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF) in Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Kanpur (Nagar) and Allahabad to check any untoward incident during the civic poll. There are apprehension of violence in these areas.

Polling for election of mayor in 11 nagar nigams, including Lucknow, Meerut, Moradabad, Bareilly, Aligarh, Agra, Kanpur (Nagar), Jhansi, Allahabad and Gorakhpur will be held on Tuesday.

Additional election commissioner Vinay Priya Dubey said the SEC had received 5 companies of SSB and 12 companies of RAF from the Central Government. “We have decided to deploy the SSB in four sensitive nagar nigam areas. The RAF had been deployed in various other nagar nigams to maintain law and order,” he said. The SEC has received complaints of bogus voting and rigging from various districts during the first phase of election on Saturday last. Now, the SEC has planned to resort to videography at sensitive and extra sensitive booths in all the 11 nagar nigams. Fifty teams of videographers will be deputed in Allahabad and Lucknow. Two dozen such teams will be deputed in the remaining nine nagar nigams. Along with the DM and the SSP, the zonal magistrates and the ADMs will also move with videographer teams.

Dubey said 26 polling booths in Allahabad had been declared extra sensitive. Static magistrates would be deputed at these booths to monitor polling, he added. Along with district police, 123 companies of PAC would be deputed for poll duty. A total of 91,02,194 voters will exercise their franchise for election of mayors. On the other hand 13,167,46 voters will cast their vote in 13 districts for election of chairmen in 24 nagar palika parishads.

First Published: Oct 31, 2006 01:36 IST