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Stage Set For Phase-I Poll In Odisha, CEO Stresses On Easy Access To Polling Booths For Persons With Disabilities


09 April 2019

Debashish Maharana


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Bhubaneswar: As the Phase-I polling of the general elections is slated on April 11, the Odisha Chief Elelctoral Officer (CEO) today informed media that requisite and elaborate arrangements have been made for a free and fair poll and stressed on the easy access to the polling booths by the Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) this time.

Briefing media, Odisha CEO Surendra Kumar said, “For making accessible elections, number of PwD voters flagged in the electoral roll are 1,03,307. 6988 polling stations where wheel chairs have been deployed. 5051 polling stations have been supplied with Braille Dummy ballot sheets. 12,162 volunteers have been deployed to assist PwD voters. One polling station with all PwD polling personnel. 2617 vehicles deployed for transporting PwD voters.”

On April, polling will be held for four Lok Sabha and 28 Assembly seats. The number of polling stations are 7233 while total electors are 60,03,707 out of which the number of male voters 29,72,925, female voters 30,30,222, third gender 560, service electors 4975 (male 4863 and female 112.

For the Phase-I, total number of polling personnel deployed are 47,805 (male 47115 and female 690). Number of polling stations with all women polling personnel are 30, vehicles deployed 8877. Number of critical polling station 2375.

19627 applications received for postal ballot in Form-12 while 19586 postal ballot paper issued and 18086 postal ballot paper received. The CEO also informed that 17585 persons have been deployed on election duty while 478 police personnel and 23 vehicle staff have been deployed for the Phase-I.

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Surendra Kumar, CEO, Odisha