Special Correspondent

Security plan to be evolved for peaceful conduct of polls

  • Collectors, SPs asked to identify sensitive polling stations
  • 4 lakh government staff to be deployed on election duty
  • They will be imparted training from September 1 to 9

    CUDDALORE: A State-wide security plan will be evolved to ensure peaceful conduct of local body elections, State Election Commissioner D.Chandrasekaran said on Sunday.

    Poll arrangements reviewed

    After reviewing poll arrangements with District Collector Gagandeep Singh Bedi and other officials here, Mr. Chandrasekaran told reporters he would hold discussions with the Director-General of Police and the Home Secretary in September to put the security plan in place.

    District Collectors and Superintendents of Police had been asked to identify sensitive polling stations for taking suitable measures in advance for maintaining law and order.

    Electoral rolls

    Mr. Chandrasekaran said 80-85 per cent of the election works had been completed.

    The electoral rolls would be released all over the State on Thursday (August 31). If any names were to be included voters could approach the officials concerned.

    He said there were 12,618 village panchayats, 102 Municipalities, 50 Grade III Municipalities, 561 Town Panchayats and six Corporations in the State. Their tenure would end on October 24.

    Second round of talks

    He had held a round of discussions with all the Collectors and began the second round of talks in Cuddalore.

    The polls were being held to elect 1.35 lakh candidates to various posts, including 474 Corporation Councillors, 3,392 Municipal Councillors, 8,875 Town Panchayat Councillors and 97,000 Village Panchayat Ward Councillors.

    About four lakh government officials/employees would be deployed on election duty in 83,000 polling stations. They would be imparted training from September 1 to 9.

    Ballot boxes

    Mr. Chandrasekaran said ballot boxes and not Electronic Voting Machines would be used in the elections. The Commissioner of Stationery and Printing had been asked to keep the necessary materials ready.

    Mr. Bedi said there were 15,38,438 voters in Cuddalore district and they would exercise their franchise in 2,890 polling stations 597 in urban areas and 2,293 in rural areas.