JORHAT, March 30 - To check booth-level preparedness in order to ensure smooth conduct of polls, Majuli Deputy Commissioner Debaprasad Misra, who is also the District Election Officer, yesterday visited one of the remotest polling stations of the district at Sadhu Sapori, a river islet surrounded by the mighty Brahmaputra and Subansiri rivers.
A Majuli district administration official told The Assam Tribune today that accompanied by the Sector Officer and Booth Level Officer, besides subordinate staff, Misra inspected the designated polling station at Sadhu Sapori LP School and took stock of poll preparations at the station.
The official said that the Deputy Commissioner along with other accompanying officials reached the remote islet by crossing Pisala-Subansirimukh Suti, a rivulet near Luitmukh Ghat under Gohpur subdivision of Biswanath district by a country boat.
From the ghat on the other side of the rivulet, the team led by Misra had to walk almost 1 km on foot to reach the polling station at Sadhu Sapori, the official said.
It may be mentioned here that Sadhu Sapori falls under Ahatguri area, a remote Gaon Panchayat under Majuli Zila Parishad, geographically disconnected from the mainland of Majuli island district.
The official said that the Deputy Commissioner checked the arrangements made to provide Assured Minimum Facilities (AMFs) at the station.
He added that the Election Commission of India has instructed the district election departments to provide AMFs like ramp for physically-challenged voters, provision of drinking water, toilets etc., in each polling station at the time of polls.
Misra interacted with the school head and other islet dwellers and assured them that a replacement of the present iron-filled tube-well would be provided in the campus of the school within three days, the official informed.
The voter list of the polling station at Sadhu Sapori LP School enlisted a total of 404 voters from Sadhu Sapori, Param Sapori and Gutung Sapori.
It may be mentioned here that Majuli Assembly seat is a part of the Lakhimpur Lok Sabha constituency, which has Pradan Baruah of BJP as the incumbent MP. Baruah is again the BJP candidate for the Lakhimpur seat this time.
Baruah, a former BJP MLA from Dhemaji, was the Congress party legislator from Jonai seat from 2011 to 2016. The Congress party has fielded Anil Borgohain for the Lakhimpur parliamentary constituency.
Voting for the Lakhimpur Lok Sabha seat will be held on April 11.