3,254 polling stations will be set up in the 3 constituencies

As many as 283 polling stations in the city have been identified as vulnerable.

Addressing media persons here on Thursday, District Election Officer and Chennai Corporation Commissioner Vikram Kapur said 3,254 polling stations will be set up in the three Parliamentary constituencies covering 16 Assembly segments in Chennai.

The data on stations identified as vulnerable and critical will facilitate adequate corrective action in advance.

The data has been collected based on discussions with residents and intelligence inputs, Mr. Kapur said.

Vulnerability of a polling station pertains to the susceptibility of any section of voters to wrongful prevention from the right to vote in a free and fair manner. Polling stations identified as critical have a record of polling 75 per cent of votes for a single candidate.

Officials have identified 122 polling stations as vulnerable in Chennai Central Parliamentary constituency with 38 in Egmore Assembly segment alone. 88 polling stations in South Chennai and 45 in North Chennai constituencies have been identified as vulnerable. 28 stations have been classified as critical.

A toll-free helpline 1800-425-7012 for complaints pertaining to elections will start operations shortly.

Vehicles transporting cash for disbursal to electors will be under the scanner, Mr. Kapur said.

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