KOKRAJHAR, April 7 � Nearly 3,500 poll personnel, including polling officers and security personnel, have left for their designated polling stations to conduct the 3rd BTC election tomorrow.
Under the Kokrajhar district administration there are 12 BTC constituencies, namely, 7-Fakiragram (non-ST), 9-Banargaon (ST), 10-Debargaon (ST), 11-Baukhungri (ST), 12-Salakati (ST), 2-Guma (un-reserved), 3-Srirampur (non-ST), 4-Jomduar (ST), 5-Saraibil (ST), 6-Kachugaon (ST), 8-Dotma (ST) and 1-Parbatjhora (ST).
In Kokrajhar district, there are 754 polling stations. Out of the 754 polling stations, 198 have been identified very sensitive, 396 as sensitive and 160 as comparatively safe. Fifty-one polling stations have also been identified as critical polling station.-
Thaneswar Malakar, Deputy Commissioner of Kokrajhar, who is also the Returning Officer, stated that the ballot boxes have been checked and all designated polling agents and presiding officers of polling stations were handed over the required poll materials from 7 am today at the Basic Training Centre, Kokrajhar. Altogether 850 polling officers have been assigned with the task of conducting the polls in the election district here. Besides, some 28 zonal officers and some 79 sector officers have been deployed for the polls, he said.
Malakar also said that adequate security personnel have been posted in the sensitive and critical polling stations. He further informed that video coverage would be done in selected polling stations for smooth conduct of the polls.
He added that for full proof security coverage, mobile forces will be deployed for intensive patrolling. Round-the-clock vigil along the border areas, including the inter-State and Indo-Bhutan international border, has been activated and intensified to thwart any subversive activity of anti-social elements. Several Army and SSB units have been deployed in the vulnerable localities to prevent any movement of militants.
More than 5.8 lakh voters will exercise their franchise tomorrow in Kokrajhar district in 12 BTC segments. In Wednesday�s elections, 88 candidates are in the fray to test their electoral fortunes in Kokrajhar. The poll will be held tomorrow from 8 am to 4 pm and the counting of votes will be held on April 11.