GUWAHATI, April 4 - Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer of Kamrup Metro Biswajit Pegu today served show-cause notices on 71 officials of different departments of the district for negligence of election duty.
�The District Election Officer, Kamrup Metro, invoking the powers as promulgated under the Representation of People�s Act , 1951, has issued show-cause notices to 71 officers of various departments today. These officers were allotted duties in the ensuing Parliamentary Elections, 2019 and have failed to attend their urgent election-related training programme without providing any justifications or reasons of their absence in this matter. The District Election Officer sought their replies to the show-cause notices in writing within next two days. Failing which, disciplinary action will be initiated under provisions of the aforementioned Act,� a statement issued by the district administration said.
Meanwhile, the DC informed that 6,000 officials of various departments have been engaged in LS poll duty in the district and among them 50 per cent are women.
The administration has detected altogether 59 critical polling stations in the district.
According to the Deputy Commissioner, the critical polling stations are located in West Guwahati, Jalukbari and Dispur legislative constituency areas.
�A polling station is marked as critical if it recorded more than 75 per cent voter turnout in the last election and one candidate got more than 90 per cent vote. Among those polling stations some are also located in inter-state border areas and two of them are located in remote places. Among those critical polling stations, we have also marked some �shadow areas� where the mobile network strength is low,� Pegu said.
The district administration has carried out a ground survey at all the 1,195 polling stations through booth-level officers to assess the availability of minimum facilities.
�In the survey we found 180 polling stations without power connectivity, due to which we will have to arrange temporary power supply during the election days. At 20-25 polling stations, there is no facility of potable water, so we will have to arrange bottled water during the poll days,� Pegu said.
The DC also informed that altogether 11 polling stations of the district are located on the first floor and around 40 have no ramp facilities and the district administration would make special arrangements for the differently-abled voters. Moreover, the buildings where around six polling stations are proposed to be set up, will be repaired by the district administration itself.