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Polling in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and for Phase 3 Assembly Constituencies in Assam and West Bengal conducted peacefu

Newdelhi:6/4/21:Polling was conducted peacefully in1,53,538 Polling Stations spread across 475Assembly Constituenciestoday, in the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and for third phase of Assam and West Bengal. The number of Polling Stations has increased in view of the fact that the number of voters per polling station has been reduced from 1500 to 1000 keeping social distancing norms in view.

Details of Electors, Polling stations & Observers in the poll are as follows:

Table 1
State Kerala Tamil Nadu Puducherry Assam 3rd Phase West Bengal 3rd Phase
Assembly Constituencies 140 234 30 40 31
No of Polling Stations 40771 88,937 1558 11,401  

10,871

 

Registered Electors 2,75,03,199 6,28,69,955 1004197 79,19,641 78,52,425
No of General observers deployed 70 150 11 33 22
No of Police observers deployed 20 41 5 9 7
No of Expenditure observers deployed 40 119 12 17 9
% of voting till 5 PM 69.95% 64.92% 77.90% 78.94% 77.68%

Total Number of Assembly Constituencies = 475 (1)

Total Number of Contesting Candidates = 5821

 

To ensure inclusive and accessible elections, ECI has extended the option of postal ballot facility to PwDs, Senior Citizensabove the age of 80 years, COVID-19 suspect or affected persons and persons employed in essentialservices. The Observers at the ground level oversaw that proper arrangements for facilitation were made available for these voters.

Total Number of PwD Electors = 906763

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Total Number of 80+ Electors = 2152210

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Details of PWD Electors and 80+ Electors are as follows:

Table 2
State Kerala Tamil Nadu Puducherry Assam 3rd Phase West Bengal 3rd Phase Total
PWD Electors 294718 4,81,899 12038 54,148 64,083 9,06,763
80+ Electors 622064 12,87,457 17146 99,471 1,26,177 21,52,210

As per standard procedure all these EVMs and VVPATs had already undergone First Level Checking, Randomisation, and Commissioning in the presence of Political Parties/Candidates agents. During FLC and during commissioning each of these EVMs and VVPATs had undergone mock polls. Today before the start of the poll each of the EVMs and VVPATs again underwent a mock poll in the presence of polling agents of the candidates with minimum 50 votes cast on each, as per standard procedure. At the end of the mock poll the result of EVM were matched with the result of VVPAT slips and shown to the polling agents. Non-functioning rate during the mock poll is lesser than comparable / experienced in last few polls.

As a major push for conducting free and fair elections, live monitoring and webcasting of more than 50% of Polling Stations including critical and vulnerable polling booths has been put in place as per ECI norms, to ensure safe and secure atmosphere in polling areas. Commission, CEOs, DEOs, Observers could watch live streaming and keep a close watch on these polling booths.

79395

51.71%

 

 

Polling stations

monitored live

out of 153538

As per Commission’s instruction police officials including CAPF personnelwill not go inside the polling booth unless required by Presiding Officer due to law and order problemIt is the standing instruction of the Commission that outsiders will not be allowed in the areas of poll going assembly constituencies during the silence period i.e. 48 hours before the end of polling hours. The Commission had reiterated this instruction in briefing of DEOs and police officials. These guidelines were strictly

During the ongoing elections till this phase,a record seizure of Rs. 947.98 Crore has already been achieved from the five states as on April 6, 2021. The seizure figure, which includes seizure of cash, liquor, narcotics, freebies etc., is more than 4.198 times higher than the total combined seizure of Rs. 225.77 Crore in GE LA 2016. The Commission has been laying specific emphasis on inducement free elections and curbing the malaise of undue money power, liquor, freebies. For effective monitoring a total 4606 Flying Squads (FS) and 4670 Static Surveillance Teams (SST) were operationalised to check movement of cash, liquor, drugs & freebies in these states/UT closely supervised by DEOs, Expenditure observers in Districts and Special observers. A total 19 Air Intelligence Units (AIU) of IT Department are also set at different stations in Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

State wise and item wise break up of seizure report as till 06.04.2021 Forenoon

States Cash (in Rs. Cr.) Precious Metal (in Rs. Cr.) Drugs/Narcotics Other items/ freebies Liquor Total (in Rs. Cr.) Total Seizure in LA 2016 (in Rs. Cr.) % change over LA 2016
Quantity (in Kg) Worth (in Rs. Cr.) Worth (in Rs. Cr.) Quantity (in Ltrs.) Worth (in Rs. Cr.)
Kerala 22.64 49.21 812.01 4.05 1.94 67542.7 5.01 82.84 26.13 +317.03%
Tamil Nadu 236.51 176.22 2.22 25.64 289618.27 5.24 445.81 130.99 +340.33%
Puducherry 5.45 27.42 95 0.25 3.06 27644.82 0.7 36.89 7.74 +476.61%
Assam 26.69 3.69 6940.95 34.4 15.18 2044249.33 39.34 119.29 16.58 +719.48%
West Bengal 40.27 10.28 255.41 115.89 73.21 1935455.18 23.52 263.15 44.33 +593.61%
Total 331.56 266.82 8103.37 156.81 119.03 4364510.3 73.81 947.98 225.77 +419.88%

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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