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Jamshedpur all set for EVM day
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Polling personnel were airlifted on Wednesday to rebel-hit areas in Jamshedpur constituency as East Singhbhum administration geared up to ensure seamless Lok Sabha elections on Thursday.

In all, 32 personnel along with polling equipment and dry ration were airlifted from Sonari Aerodrome by a state-owned helicopter. The chopper made three trips to drop them at eight ‘sensitive’ booths across Potka and Ghatshila Assembly segments.

The booths include Nos. 189 and 190 in Potka’s Dumuria and Nos. 159, 160 and 161 in Ghatshila’s Gudabandha. The remaining booths are number 78, 79 and 80 in Jhantijharna area of Galudih, also under Ghatshila segment.

East Singhbhum deputy commissioner-cum-returning officer for Jamshedpur Amitabh Kaushal said they would webcast proceedings at highly sensitive booths as per directive of Election Commission. Kaushal added they would record poll proceedings through videography and digital cameras and depute micro observers in sensitive booths.

“Webcasting through tablets would be done at 110 highly sensitive booths and the feed will be streamed live on the website of state’s chief electoral officer. This apart, we will carry out videography at 125 polling stations and recording through digital cameras at 140 booths. Micro observers will be deputed at 180 booths,” said Kaushal.

Kaushal said webcasting and recording were being introduced to monitor polls, prevent untoward incidents and take apt action against offenders.

“Micro-observers will check if booths have minimum facilities and ensure mock poll is carried out in the presence of agents of different parties. They would also monitor the application of indelible ink on voters and identify those absent, dead or shifted,” he said.

The district administration is also making efforts to put up shamianas at 100 model booths. To make women feel comfortable, female polling personnel will be deputed in select booths. “Female personnel have been deputed at 171 booths,” said Kaushal.

Eight hundred district police personnel will be assisted by jawans of CRPF, JAP, Home Guards, RAF and RAP to maintain security at 1,628 polling booths. Around 22 companies of CRPF will be pressed into service. This apart, two helicopters will be on standby for emergency use. For responding to exigencies in urban areas, 25 quick response teams have been formed.

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