27 CRPF Coys, JKP Men Deployed For Security

27 CRPF Coys, JKP Men Deployed For Security

2 December 2012
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: Amid tight security measures, Jammu and Kashmir is set to go for the Legislative Council polls under Panchayti Raj qouta on Monday. More than 33,000 elected village heads will decide the fate of 37 candidates for 4 seats. Of the total 145 polling booths, 57 have been declared sensitive while 42 have been identified as hypersensitive, where more security arrangements have been put in place. Sources said at least 27 companies of CRPF have been deployed for polls duty in the State. “Twenty companies have been deployed in polling stations in Kashmir division and seven in Jammu division”. Besides, police men from police stations and reserve battalions would be deployed at the polling booths and other vulnerable places to ensure incident free polling. They said the ECI appointed observer for the polls Shantmanu held a high level review meeting today. It was attended by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Asgar Samoon, Inspector General of Police Kashmir S M Sahai and other senior civil and police officers. The meeting reviewed the final arrangements for the polls. Minister of State for Home Nasir Aslam Wani said government was committed to provide security to all the voters and the contesting candidates so that the poll process passes off peacefully. Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Asgar Hassan Samoon today reviewed arrangements for smooth conduct of Legislative Council elections with all Deputy Commissioner through a video conference. He was informed that all the polling staff and election material have reached the polling stations. He also reviewed the arrangements made by the respective Deputy Commissioners for despatch of the polled Electronic Voting Machines to the counting centres. He also convened a meeting with chief election agents and representatives of various political parties and discussed various issues related to smooth conduct of election for two seats of Legislative Council under Panchayat quota being tomorrow. The meeting was informed that 17,912 voters will exercise their franchise in Kashmir division at block level where polling material has already been dispatched. It was further informed in the meeting that Election Commission has authorised setting up of 04 special polling booths at Karnah, Keran, Buda-Nambal and Jumgund in Kupwara district because of inclement weather and snowfall in the area. “Polling material stands already airlifted to facilitate the voters of these areas”, Divisional Commissioner was informed. He assured that the election will be conducted in a free and fair manner and no violation of model code of conduct shall be tolerated. He asked representatives of the candidates to furnish details of the counting agents by Tuesday so that security passes be issued in their favour for counting of polled votes on December 6 at SKICC, Srinagar.