Out of 24,888 polling stations in Assam, 3,663 have been designated as hypersensitive and another 7,629 as sensitive by the State Election Commission.
Informing about the scenario, Chief Electoral Officer of Assam, Vijendra said, ‘The Central Election Commission has directed deployment of sufficient number of forces for the polls. Approximately 1.65 lakh civil personnel and around 60,000-62,000 security personnel will be employed for conducting the polls in a free and fair manner.’
He also revealed that there are 12,190 polling stations in the areas where voting will take place in the first phase on April 4, covering the Barak Valley, hill districts, Upper Assam and parts of North Bank, while there are 12,698 polling stations in the areas which will go to the polls in the second phase on April 11 covering Lower Assam and parts of Central Assam.
‘Only 12 per cent of the polling stations are in the urban areas, while 88 per cent are located in the rural areas,’ Vijendra disclosed.
Meanwhile, additional DGP SN Singh stated that besides Assam Police personnel, central forces would also be deployed for election duties and each polling booth would have at least one policeman and one Home Guard. ‘Operations are on to seize illegal arms and we have already seized 518 such arms in the last couple of months.