Berhampur, April 10 (LocalWire): A mock poll will be held for about one-and-half hours before the commencement of actual polling in all 1,117 polling stations in five Assembly segments in Ganjam district during the first phase of polling on Thursday.
‘The actual voting will start from 7.00 am and continue till 6.00 pm. The mock-polling, however, will start at 5.30 am and continue for 90 minutes,’ said Ganjam Collector and district election officer, Vijay Amruta Kulange, here on Wednesday.
The mock polling would be held in presence of agents of the candidates to test the functioning of the electronic voting machines, the VVPAT and the ballot units.
The actual polling would start after clearing the result of the mock poll, said Kulange.
Out of the total 13 Assembly segments in Ganjam district, five of them, Berhampur, Chikiti, Chhatrapur, Digapahandi and Gopalpur under Berhampur Parliamentary constituency will be held in the first phase of polling.
Giving details on poll arrangements in the district for the first phase of poll, the Collector said the district administration made elaborate arrangements to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections.
The polling parties have already reached their respective booths, he said.
Out of total 28.41 lakh voters in the district, 10.72 lakh voters of these five segments would exercise their franchise in the first phase in 1117 polling stations, he said.
‘The administration has identified 198 polling stations in Chhatrapur (64), Gopalpur (33), Berhampur (18), Digapahandi (41) and Chikiti (42), as critical ones keeping in view the past record of the law and order and some other criteria of vulnerability,’ said SP (Berhampur) Pinak Mishra.
Central Armed Police Force would be deployed in these booths, he said.
As many as three companies of CAPF would be deployed for poll duty while over 1500 police personnel would be pressed in Thursday’s election, police said.
Apart from the deployment of CAPF, the district administration has also decided to make webcast in 102 booths, install CCTV in 52 booths, video in 57 booths and to deploy micro-observers in 34 polling stations, said the Collector.