Lucknow | Strict security arrangements have been made for the crucial first phase polling for the Kshetra and District Panchayat members election in 73 districts of Uttar Pradesh tomorrow. More than 3 lakh security personnel have been deployed for holding free and fair polls, State Election Commissioner (SEC) S K Agarwal said.
The security forces included 81,068 personnel of district civil police, 4,675 inter district civil police personnel, 36,741 police forces personnel from training centers, 93,000 homeguards and 1,05,289 village ‘chowkidars’ to ensure peaceful and smooth conduct of polls. Besides these, 139 companies of the PAC would also be deployed for the polls. He said all the super sensitive booths would go for total videography while all security measures would be in place to enable the voters to cast their votes without any fear.
Mr Agarwal said the polling will be held from 0700 hrs to 1700 hrs and the counting will be done on November 1 after completion of all the four phases. In the first phase, around 2.93 crore electorate are expected to exercise their franchise at 46,584 booths to elect 20,022 kshetra panchayat members and 921 district panchayat members of 218 blocks in the state. Mr Agarwal said all preparations for peaceful polling have been completed and by and large, the campaigning was peaceful.
Polling personnel have started reaching the polling booths. Barring some districts like Gautam Buddha Nagar and Agra, polling would be held in rest of the districts. Official sources said around 1.22 lakh candidates are in the fray for the 849 district panchayat posts in 218 blocks. In Kshetra panchayat, around 1,07,364 candidates would be trying their luck for 20,022 posts.
The notification for the second phase of polling on October 13 was issued on October 1, for third phase, the notification was issued on October 6 where polling will be held on October 17 and for the fourth and last phase, the notification would be issued tomorrow where polling would be held on October 29.
The polling for the post of village pradhan would be held later after completion of the Kshetra and district panchayat polls in November-December. The polling in Gautam Buddha Nagar (GBN) district has been postponed due to some legal issues as per the UP Industrial Area Development Act and the elections would be held there after a fresh delimitation. The elections in Agra would be held on October 11, October 15 and October 18 for the first three phases. Altogether 77,576 members of the kshetra panchayat and 3,112 members of the district panchayats would be elected in the polls.
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