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Training for poll officials

Tezpur, March 14: The Sonitpur district administration today initiated its first phase of training programme for poll officials in six venues here as part of its preparations for the Lok Sabha elections next month.

“Altogether 2,310 presiding and first polling officers were imparted training at Darrang College, Tezpur College, Ban Theatre Hall, District Library, Bengali Theatre Hall and Rastrabhasha School,” Sonitpur deputy commissioner Lalit Gogoi today said.

“I appeal to all concerned to extend their helping hand so that the polls can be conducted in a free and fair manner,” Gogoi, who is also the returning officer for the election, said.

Altogether nine Legislative Assembly constituencies, including Dhekiajuli, Barchala, Rangapara, Tezpur, Sootea, Biswanath Chariali, Gohpur, Behali and Bihpuria under Tezpur are going to the hustings on April 7.

He said in 1,763 polling booths of the nine Assembly constituencies under Tezpur Lok Sabha seat, 28 zonal and 88 sector officers along with constituency observers will head cells like election, nomination, food and refreshment, transportation, medical, media and publicity, personal training, material strong room, management, construction of polling and counting centres, law and order, observance of model code of conduct, data and videography of critical events.

The returning officer said a total of 1,088,963 voters of Tezpur Lok Sabha segment would exercise their franchise. He said 24,822 “D” voters have been detected under the segment who would not be allowed to cast their votes.

“A total of 41 polling stations will be set up for voters of the forest areas of the district,” he said.

Gogoi said the district administration has taken adequate security measures to tackle any untoward incident that may occur during the election. “But we require additional 42 companies to conduct the polls safely,” he said.

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