SILCHAR, March 6 - In a bid to conduct the Assembly elections in Cachar district on April 4 in a smooth manner, the Cachar district administration on Saturday formally launched its election web portal www.cachar.nic.in/election to facilitate information regarding election to all stake holders.
According to the statistics available from the district administration, a total of 10,91,434 voters (including male and female), excluding 5,540 D voters will exercise their franchise on April 4. The notification will be issued on March 11 and last date for submission of nominations is March 18 followed by scrutiny of the nominations on March 19 and withdrawal on March 21. The votes will be counted at NATRIP centre on May 19.
Cachar Deputy Commissioner S Vishwanathan launched the website in the presence of Superintendent of Police Rajveer Singh, Election Officer SK Das and other administrative officials. Speaking to the media persons, after the launch, Vishwanathan informed that the district administration will keep a close eye in the run up to the election in the district and will strictly monitor adherence to the model code of conduct by all political parties in the district. �The web portal will facilitate easy access to information regarding election,� the Deputy Commissioner said.
He also said that soon a mobile application will be introduced to be used by the presiding officers for quick exchange of information from the polling stations. �We are introducing the mobile app for the first time in the electoral proceedings of the country. This will allow the presiding officers to convey information from respective polling stations which will be uploaded in the web portal for immediate access,� Vishwanathan claimed.
Moreover, the Deputy Commissioner added to say that the Election Commission of India has identified 14 constituencies in Assam including Silchar in which the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trial (VVPAT) facility would be introduced for error free voting. �In Cachar district, the VVPAT will be introduced as a pilot run only in Silchar constituency and the voters will be given a slip to confirm that their votes have been recorded properly,� Vishwanathan said.
Further, the Deputy Commissioner said that three constituencies in Cachar district � Silchar, Lakhipur and Borkhola have been marked as �expenditure sensitive constituencies� and agencies will keep a close eye on the expenditure activities in these constituencies. He also informed that proper steps will be taken to prevent possibilities of re-polling in the district.
Superintendent of Police Rajveer Singh said that of the 1,327 polling stations in the district, 287 have been marked as very sensitive followed by 557 stations which are sensitive an 483 stations are comparatively safe. He added to say that the 1,327 polling stations have been divided into 20 police zones and 60 paramilitary companies will be deployed to monitor the security proceedings. He also said that Cachar police will associate security management for 47 polling stations in Algapur constituency under Hailakandi district.
According to Singh, there are 1,414 licensed arms in the district and 79 have been deposited so far. All the licensed arms will have to be deposited before the poll-day, he added.