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Apr 09, 2019
9:08PM

EC gears up for conducting free and fair polls on Thursday

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The election authorities have fully geared up for conducting free and fair polls on Thursday. 

Total 443 candidates are in the fray for 17 Lok Sabha Constituencies in Telangana. This includes 25 female candidates. 

While Congress, BJP and TRS fielded 17 candidates each, CPI and CPI(M) fielded 2 candidates each. BSP fielded 5 candidates while MIM fielded only one candidate. 

Telangana Chief Electoral officer Dr Rajat Kumar informed that all necessary arrangements have been put in place including Nizamabad where 185 candidates are in the contest and 12 ballot units are being used.

2.97 crore electors will be utilizing their franchise at 34604 polling stations.

Meanwhile, Additional Director General of Police Jitender said that the police department has made elaborate arrangements for smooth conduct of elections. 

In Uttar Pradesh, as the cacophony of electioneering fell silent, candidates and their supporters are engaging in inter-personal canvassing now.

In Uttarakhand, voting for five parliamentary seats will be held in the first phase. 

All preparations for peaceful polling have been completed. 

In Assam, polling will be held at 5 seats - Lakhimpur, Tezpur, Kaliabor, Dibrugarh and Jorhat seats in the first phase. 

In Tripura, State chief electoral officer Sreeram Taranikanti informed that all necessary arrangements have been taken to conduct free and fair polls.

He said, there will be webcasting facility in polling booths. 

The total voting process will be video graphed. The CEO appealed to the electors to franchise their voting right.

In Arunachal Pradesh, 7.98 lakh voters will decide the fate of 181 candidates who are in the fray for 60- seat Assembly elections. 

There are 12 candidates for the 2-seat Lok Sabha Polls. There are 2202 polling stations in the state, out of which 643 have been identified as critical polling stations. 

Live webcasting will be done from 150 polling stations and offline recording will be done at other Polling stations to conduct free and fair elections. 

There are 91 all women polling stations. 45 companies of paramilitary forces along with 7566 state police personnel, have been deployed across the state for a smooth election process.

Meghalaya which has two Parliamentary Constituencies, Shillong and Tura will also go to polls in the first phase. 

There are six candidates in the fray for the Shillong seat while three candidates are in the race for the Tura seat. Bye-poll to Selsella seat is also scheduled to be held on April 11 and four candidates in the fray.

Seven seats from Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region will also go to polls in the first phase. 

In Chhattisgarh, Maoist affected tribal Bastar constituency, will go to polls in the first phase. 

More than 1,800 polling stations have been set up out of these, 512 are identified as sensitive and 224 are hypersensitive. Elaborate security arrangements are in place to ensure free, fair and peaceful polling.

A total of 15 candidates are in the fray for the lone seat of Andaman and Nicobar Parliamentary Constituency which will go to polls in the first phase. 

The main contest is between the BJP and the Indian National Congress. 

The Congress has again fielded its state unit president Kuldeep Rai Sharma while the BJP has chosen its state president Vishal Jolly as a candidate for the General Election. 

Significantly, the three times sitting MP of the Constituency Bishnu Pada Rai did not get a ticket this time. BSP with the support of SP, Trinamul Congress, Aam Admi Party have also fielded their own candidates. 

A total of nine independent candidates are also contesting the Election. Special camps were held in different parts of the Islands to enrol the new voters. 317878 voters have registered their names in the voter's list this time. Of which, 168701 are male, 149168 are female and nine are another gender. 

This includes 41 Great Nicobarese tribes of Strait Islands, 65 Onge tribes at Hut Bay and approximately hundred Shompen tribes of Campbell Bay. There is a significant increase in the number of voters in comparison to the last year. 

Special arrangements have also been made for Divyanjans to take part in the election. There are 407 polling stations in Andaman and Nicobar Islands Parliamentary Constituency.

Meanwhile, the filing of nomination also ended for the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections on Tuesday.

71 constituencies spread over 9 states will go to polls in this phase on the 29 of this month. Scrutiny will take place tomorrow, while April 12 is the last date for withdrawal of candidature. 

Campaigning for the remaining phases of Lok Sabha elections has also gained momentum. 

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