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Women to manage 115 polling stations in North Kolkata

Kolkata: As many as 115 polling stations out of a total of 1,862 in the North Kolkata Parliamentary Constituency, will be managed by women.

During a media interaction on Monday, Dibyendu Sarkar, DEO North Kolkata, said that 115 polling stations will be fully run by women poll personnel in the seventh phase of elections scheduled to take place on May 19. There are around 14.76 lakh voters in North Kolkata, out of which 6.47 lakh are women. "There are around 506 locations under the Lok Sabha constituency in North Kolkata, out of which 33 locations will be managed by women. Altogether, there will be as many as 612 polling personnel in 153 polling stations," Sarkar said.

The officials of the Election Commission are conducting camps to make the polling personnel aware about the overall functioning of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT).

Various facilities, as specified by the Election Commission of India (ECI), will be put in place in all the polling stations under this constituency. Adequate security deployments will also be made to ensure free and fair elections at each booth.

A newly built training hall with a huge capacity has been thrown open at the DEO's office in North Kolkata, where various training related programmes would be conducted from time to time. All the polling personnel will be made aware on how to conduct the poll process.

The office of the DEO has come up with various innovative initiatives to reach out to the people. The summary revision of the electoral rolls of 2019 has also been initiated to reach out to the voters. Voters are also being encouraged to take part in the demonstration on how to cast their votes in the EVMs and see paper trail in the VVPATs.

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