A high-level meeting was convened by District Collector P.I. Sheikh Pareed, who is also the District Election Officer, at the collectorate here on Saturday to review the preparations for the elections.
Poll observers Ashuthosh Agnihotri, Sangeeta Singh, K. Gopal and Syam Lal Bhagat were present at the meeting.
M.R. Ajith Kumar, City Police Commissioner, and T. Vikram, Superintendent of Police, Ernakulam Rural, briefed the steps taken at the polling booths identified as sensitive and vulnerable. Inspections of such booths in the district, under the supervision of the District Collector, City Police Commissioner, and the Superintendent of Police, Aluva, began on Saturday.
As many as 180 polling stations in the district, including 115 in rural district and 65 in city limits, have been identified as either sensitive or vulnerable.
“Along with these, there are seven hamlets, where there are possibilities of political intimidation. More State police personnel along with Central police team will be deployed at these hamlets. The poll observers will also decide on posting micro-observers in sensitive areas,” said Mr. Pareed.
Micro-observers will be posted and surveillance cameras will be installed in booths where a single candidate secured more than 75 per cent of the votes polled at the booth in the last elections.
The poll observers reviewed the preparations at these booths.
Mr. Pareed explained the arrangements put in place at taluk and returning officer levels. He also instructed the Additional District Magistrate and returning officers to intensify the drive against campaign material that are found to be in violating the model code of conduct.