State readies for 3rd phase polls; Polling officials rush to take charge of booths

Bhubaneswar: With campaigning for the third phase polls in the State coming to an end on Sunday evening, the preparations for ensuring a free and fair poll now takes the centre stage.

Polling parties armed with EVMs and other essential poll related materials have been rushed to the booths where elections are to be held on Tuesday. Central Armed Police Forces were also stationed in the sensitive constituencies going to polls on April 23.

A total of six Lok Sabha (LS) constituencies and 42 assembly constituencies under the LS were going to polls.  The six LS constituencies are Bhubaneswar, Cuttack,  Puri, Sambalpur, Keonjhar and Dhenkanal.

Poll preparedness are in the final stages in Bhubaneswar LS constituency, which is going to polls on April 23.  A strong room and a poll disseminating centre has been opened up in BJB college here to cater to the poll requirements for the five assembly segments under the LS.

Khurda District Collector Nirmal Mishra informed the media that as many as 1,107 booths were assigned to the Bhubaneswar constituency.  And a  total of  60 platoon CRPF were to be deployed in the sensitive areas to maintain law and order during the polls. A total of six CRPF companies were deployed in Bhubaneswar. Police on Sunday holds flag march to boost confidence among the voters in sensitive areas of the temple town like Lakshmisagar, Saheed Nagar, Kesura and Mancheswar, informed DCP Anup Sahoo.

The poll preparation are in full swing in Cuttack too. Polling officials today left for the assembly constituencies of Athagarh, Baramba, Banki and Cuttack Sadar. For assembly constituencies like Cuttack-Choudwar and Cuttack- Barabati, polling officials will reach to the booths on Monday, informed District Collector Arvind Agarwal and added that adequate forces have been stationed in sensitive and very sensitive areas in  the constituency.

“A total of 225 booths have been webcasted,  170 micro observers were also appointed  and around 315 CCTV cameras were installed to keep round the clock monitoring of the poll process in the constituency. Fifteen Model booths have been established in each assembly constituency,”  he informed.

Sambalpur is also ready to conduct the polls on Tuesday, Polling parties have today left for the booths coming under the Rengali and Sambalpur Assembly constituencies.