R Vimal Kumar
Tirupur: After many rounds of survey at the ground level, election administrators have finally classified 56 out of the 1,304 polling stations in Tirupur Lok Sabha constituency as hypersensitive and another 93 booths as sensitive.
Collector and Returning Officer for Tirupur Lok Sabha constituency C. Samayamoorthy told The Hindu that the Central para-military forces would be deployed at all hypersensitive stations apart from the regular police strength, to ensure free and fair polls.
“As for sensitive stations, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men will be posted depending on availability of the personnel,” he said. In the polling stations where CRPF men would be utilised, at least one of them would be stationed at the entrance of the booth in such a manner that he could get an unrestricted view of the polling procedures.
Mr. Samayamoorthy said that all critical events of the election process at hypersensitive and sensitive stations, except the casting of votes inside the booths, would be videographed.
Official sources said that two ballot units would be used in each of the 1,304 polling stations in the Tirupur constituency since 21 candidates were in the fray.
“A ballot unit can take in the names of 16 candidates and hence the necessity for two ballot units,” the sources added.