The district has 200 vulnerable and critical polling stations.
Necessary arrangements, including adequate deployment of security personnel have been made for the smooth conduct of Lok Sabha elections in three assembly constituencies in Hailakandi district that fall under 1HP Karimganj SC constituency.
“Randomization of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and polling parties have been completed. The third and final training for presiding and polling officials have been completed on Monday.
“Polling parties, along with consignments for the remote and inaccessible booths will leave for their destinations on Tuesday,” Deputy Commissioner cum District Election Officer, Keerthi Jalli said.
Five teams comprising zonal, sector and static sector officials along with polling personnel left for eight polling stations located in remote areas like Kacharithal, Nunaicherra, Gutguti, Riflemara, Baghcherra and Jamira under South Hailakandi development block on Tuesday, two days ahead of the polls. The polling personnel will have to trudge along for miles together, cross rivers and hilly terrain to reach their destinations.
On the security arrangements for the polls, Superintendent of Police, Mohneesh Mishra said, “We have deployed adequate companies of Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPF) comprising CRPF, IRBn, along with Assam Police personnel.”
Reviewing the overall arrangements prior to the polls on Sunday, DEO Jalli, General Election Observer, Abhinav Chandra, SP Mishra and Police Observer, Sanjeev Kalra told media persons that additional static sector officers along with 93 executive magistrates and 80 micro observers have been deployed for smooth conduct of the polls.
Hailakandi district that constitutes a sizeable part of the Karimganj parliamentary constituency has been divided into eight zones and 56 sectors with 15 sub centres. The district has 200 vulnerable and critical polling stations.
Critical polling stations would be guarded by the CAPF besides the state police to ensure peaceful voting, they said.
The flying squads and static surveillance team, appointed by the Election Commission, along with the state police has till now seized cash over Rupees 14 lakh and 950 gram narcotic drugs in the district.
SP Mishra made it clear that the police administration will act tough against anyone found vitiating the atmosphere and that it has on its radar the trouble- mongers. “If anyone disturbs the peace and tranquillity, harsh action will be taken,” warned Mishra.
Besides toll free No.1950, the district administration has opened a control room with phone numbers 22337703844 and 18003453550 for lodging of any election-related complaints. The general public, political parties and media persons can contact the Election Observer at his mobile numbers 6002656645/9434243424 and e-mail id: email@example.com.
DEO Jalli and SP Mishra asked the people to lodge genuine complaints which would be addressed forthwith.
2,924 polling personnel together with 1,312 presiding and first polling officials have been engaged for the polls.
A total of 4,82,744 voters, including 2,28,760 women, are eligible to exercise their franchise in 656 polling stations spread across the district.
There are also 991 odd persons with disabilities (PwDs) voters in the district.
Six polling stations manned by women polling personnel have been set up exclusively for female voters.
The district administration has developed a unique App ‘NICetr’ (Sanskrit word for Observer) to detect electoral malpractice, besides arranging live webcasting from 40 polling stations as part of its drive to ensure free and fair elections in the second phase slated for April 18.