Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

As many as 2,14,878 voters will cast their votes in the forthcoming Brajrajnagar by-polls scheduled on May 31, informed State Chief Electoral Officer Sushil Kumar Lohani on Sunday.

Addressing media about the preparation for the by-poll, Lohani said, " The voting will be held at  279 booths. Of the total booths, 22 are new and 30 are model booths while 60 booths have been identified as 'sensitive'. Moreover, 5 pink booths have been formed where only women polling agents will be appointed."

Lohani also informed that 312 elderly and divyang persons have cast their votes on ballot papers and those have been collected by them.

Further, the SEC Chief said that Micro observers and a central force will be appointed at every booth, and of the total number of booths, webcasting will be done at 50% of booths. 

To ensure free and fair voting, 1228 polling officers will be appointed. Meanwhile, 1000 police officials and 3 companies of central armed force have been deployed at different booths to maintain law and order. 

"May 31 has been scheduled for Brajrajnagar by-elections and all special arrangements have been finalised. The polling parties have dispatched to their destinations and their dispersal is done from Jharsuguda Engineering School in Badheimunda. As many as 1228 polling officers including reserved are engaged in polling duty. Proper arrangements have been done to ensure security." said Lohani.

While the voting will be carried out following Covid norms with arrangements of sanitisers and thermal scanning at all polling booths. 

As the election campaigning is scheduled to end today by 6pm, the political workers and leaders from outside the constituency have been ordered to leave Brajrajnagar. Moreover, liquor outlets will remain closed for 48 hours prior to the election date. 

Voters can exercise their franchise by producing 12 different identity cards as an alternative.

The voters can make their queries at the toll-free number, 1950. Even help desks have been set up at every polling booth and special arrangements have been done to ensure a smooth conveyance of differently-able persons from their homes.