MANGALDAI, April 10 - A number of polling officials along with their officially deployed security personnel have since left for 24 remote polling stations in advance on Saturday afternoon after collecting EVMs and all the relevant polling material from the temporary strong room set up within Mangaldai College.
Talking to this Correspondent, Manoj Kumar, District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner of Darrang district informed that in addition to four-wheelers, 12 mechanised boats and an equal number of tractors and motorcycles have been kept ready for the officials under reference in order to reach their destinations on time and conduct the gigantic democratic exercise.
It may be mentioned here that there are a total of 795 polling stations in four Assembly segments under the district, for which 372 vehicles have been requisitioned, informed ADC Bidyut Bikash Bhagawati, officer incharge of the Transport Cell.
It may perhaps not be out of place to mention here that it is indeed these responsible polling officials who are the real backbone of the mega democratic process in the country. After a series of brisk training and preparation, it is now time for these polling personnel to prove themselves in the practical field.
Deployed to remote polling stations like Nangli Char and Gusbari, to name just a few, some among the polling officials have to walk on foot through slush or dust, ride bicycles or motorcycles, take boat rides or travel on tractors to reach their allotted destinations. Not surprisingly, a lot among them return with adventerous tales, which are later narrated for all to enjoy.