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Bijepur Bypoll: Special Arrangements Made For Divyang Voters

19 October 2019

Debashish Maharana

Bhubaneswar: Special arrangements have been made for Divyang voters for the bye-election to Bijepur Assembly constituency scheduled to be held on October 21, informed Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sushil Kumar Lohani.

"We have made special arrangements for divyang voters. There are 2,750 divang voters in this constituency. To bring them from their homes we will provide vahan (vehicles). Two volunteers have been deployed in each booth for them," said Lohani addressing newsmen here today.

He added that for blind voters in 148 booths dummy Braille ballots sheets have been arranged.

"Voters in absence of Voter Identity Card issued by the Election Commission of India can use other 11 approved proof of identity to cast their votes. However, voter slips issued by BLOs cannot be used as identity proofs for casting of votes," he pointed out.

The CEO said that since the campaign for the Bijepur bypoll is over office-bearers of political parties from outside the constituency limits who were there have been directed to leave the place otherwise legal action can be taken against them.

Lohani said Bijepur constituency has 285 polling stations in 243 locations and added that five candidates are in fray and out of them four are male and one is a female.

The constituency has 2, 32,264 voters out of which 1, 20,135 are male, 1, 12,114 are female and 15 are from the others category which includes 209 service voters, he pointed out.

The CEO said as many as 1,895 polling personnel have been mobilised for the by poll out of them 20% are reserve, that apart there are 32 sector officers and added that 441 vehicles have been mobilised.

Among the polling stations 129 are sensitive polling stations and six are vulnerable polling stations which are Naxal affected and special arrangements have been made for these polling stations, he informed.

Giving details of the force multipliers deployed in the booths the CEO said that 28 booths will have webcasting, 14 will have CCTV, 16 will have videography facilities and 77 will have micro observers.

Lohani pointed out that in this election the latest version of EVMs are being deployed.

Sushil Kumar Lohani, CEO, Odisha