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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: 236 auxiliary polling stations to be introduced in Pune district

A total of 73,69,141 voters in the district are part of the list prepared by the election commission which is 10,20,437 more than the 63,48,704 who were on the list during the 2014 Lok Sabha election

pune Updated: Mar 17, 2019 14:22 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Pune
Currently, there are 7,666 polling stations in Pune district.
Currently, there are 7,666 polling stations in Pune district.(HT/PHOTO)
         

The election commission office in Pune will introduce additional 236 auxiliary polling stations in Pune district as the number of voters has increased.

A total of 73,69,141 voters in the district are part of the list prepared by the election commission which is 10,20,437 more than the 63,48,704 who were on the list during the 2014 Lok Sabha election. 

Monika Singh, Pune district deputy electoral officer, said, “Currently, we have 7,666 polling stations in the district. However, as the number of voters in the district has increased compared to last elections, we have decided to introduce 236 new auxiliary polling stations.” 

According to Singh, the number of polling stations in one area is decided by the number of voters in that particular area. 

In the urban areas for a total of 1,400 voters, there is one polling station while in the rural areas one polling station is set up for 1,200 voters. 

However, in the areas like Hadapsar and Chinchwad, as the number of voters has increased significantly a total of 35 and 31 auxiliary polling stations are likely to be introduced. 

Singh attributed the increase in the number of voters to the efforts taken by the election commission by organising the voter enrolment drive in the district. 

“The voter enrolment drive in Pune district has been very effective. The focus was on registering new voters so that no eligible voter misses out on exercising the right to vote,” she said. 

The parliamentary constituencies of Pune, Baramati and Shirur, and half of Maval are part of Pune district.

“Meanwhile, in terms of preparedness, the election commission officers in the district are ready for the polls,” said Singh. 

She added, “All the required training of conducting elections has been given to our officers in the district. Also, staff randomisation will be done soon. Our teams in all the constituencies in the district are fully prepared.”

First Published: Mar 17, 2019 14:21 IST

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