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Sensitive pockets to get critical polling stations

 M Post Bureau |  2016-03-22 01:17:52.0  |  Kolkata

Sensitive pockets to get critical polling stations

To ensure free and fair election the Election Commission (EC) has decided to set up critical polling stations at all the vulnerable area of West Bengal depending on the sensitivity of the polling location.

Additional Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Dibyendu Sarkar said that keeping in mind the vulnerability of the area, the commission has decided to set up critical polling stations where some special arrangements will be made to ensure peaceful voting. 

Micro observers will be assigned to observe the situation at these stations. 

The micro observers are the central government employees who will report and inform the election observers. Videography will be done in all these booths and webcasting facility will be provided which will be monitored from the office of the chief electoral officer and also from the district election office. 

The micro observers will assess the situation on the basis of which they will submit a report.

Meanwhile, the CEO on Monday met the two District Election Officers of North and South Kolkata at the commission office giving them guidelines for the election. 

The CEO Sunil Gupta sensitised the two DEOs about the election process. During the meeting Gupta had also sought from them the preparation of the electoral arrangements. Senior police officers were also present in the meeting.

The commission has been keeping an eye on each and every incident. 

The commission is also monitoring the law and order situation at all the sensitive areas, Sarkar said. 

For the first day of phase I elections which is scheduled on April 4, the candidature of 72 candidates have been accepted by the commission in the 9 assembly constituencies in Purulia district, 22 candidates from Bankura where there are 3 assembly constituencies. 39 candidatures were accepted from the 6 assembly constituencies in West Midnapore.

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