SECURITY BEEFED UP
SHABIR IBN YUSUF
Srinagar, Dec 2: Authorities have made elaborate security arrangements to ensure that elections for the four seats of the Legislative Council slated for Monday pass off peacefully.
In Kashmir Valley the polling is scheduled to be held in 77 polling booths out of which 42 have been declared as sensitive, 11 hypersensitive and 24 normal. In Jammu division, the polling would be held at 68 polling booths.
Official sources said that with the establishments of four additional polling booths, at Karnah, Keran, Buda-Nambal and Jumgund in Kupwara Panchayat representatives would now cast their votes on 149 polling stations across the state.
Officials added that every polling station would be having one presiding officer and two polling officers. “Around 450 employees meant for election duties have been sent to polling booths,” officials said.
“Arrangements have also been made for their stay at respective polling stations,” he added.
The official further said that the material for electioneering was given to polling staff by the district election officers. He added that each block would have two Electronic Voting Machines and every voter (Panchayat representative) would have to cast two votes.
A top police officer said that 12 force personnel (8 CRPF and 4 policemen) have been deployed at every polling booth across the state. “They (forces personnel) have been asked to assist the polling staff,” police official said.
He said that security agencies have been directed to maintain synergy. “All security agencies have been directed to beef up the security in their respective areas,” police official said adding that further patrolling would help us to instill sense of security among voters (Panchayat representatives).
Lastupdate on : Sun, 2 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 2 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 3 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST
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