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First phase of panchayat poll today

By City Correspondent

GUWAHATI, Dec 4 - Altogether 229 out of the total 256 polling stations in Kamrup (Metro) district for the panchayat election have been identified as sensitive by the police administration.

Commissioner of Police Pradip Chandra Saloi while talking to The Assam Tribune today said, �In Kamrup (Metro) only 27 polling stations are normal and all others are recognised as sensitive. The number of sensitive polling stations is very high in the district because the panchayat poll will be held only in areas located on the outskirts of Guwahati city. Moreover, since many centres are located in the Assam-Meghalaya border area, the challenge for conducting a peaceful poll is high.�

Saloi said adequate numbers of Assam Police personnel have been deployed at every polling station. Additional forces will also be available at every police station.

In the district election will be held for six posts of zila parishad members, 21 posts of anchalik panchayat members, 21 posts of gaon panchayat presidents and 210 posts of gaon panchayat members. Altogether 1,83,648 voters � including 92,438 male voters and 91,210 female � will cast their votes on Wednesday in the first phase of the two-phase election.

According to the district administration, altogether 19 candidates are contesting for zila parishad member, 56 candidates are contesting for anchalik panchayat member, 72 for gaon panchayat president and 539 candidates are contesting for gaon panchayat member posts.

This time around 130 vehicles of different forms are being pressed into service for conducting the election. The district administration has also kept another 10 vehicles in the Sonaram Higher Secondary School field of the city for emergency purpose.

A district administration statement said that altogether 1,405 presiding and polling officers along with 38 sector officers and 11 zonal officers have been engaged in this election. The strong room for keeping the ballot boxes has been set up in the Sonaram Higher Secondary School playground.

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