Saturday, June 19, 2021

West Bengal: All necessary preparations made for 5th phase polling of assembly elections

In the poll-bound West Bengal, all necessary preparations have been made for the Fifth Phase polling of Assembly Elections to be held tomorrow. The polling will be from 7.00 A.M. to 6.30 P.M.

The Commission has deployed 853 companies of Central Armed Police Forces in West Bengal for the Fifth Phase.  The decision was taken after the mob storming and firing incident at Sitalkuchi Assembly Constituency in Cooch Behar district last Saturday.

In view of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, the Election Commission has decided to allow maximum 1,000 electors in a Polling Station instead of earlier 1,500 electors. Option of Postal Ballot facility has been extended to the electors who are COVID- 19 positive or suspect as certified by competent authority.

Polling will also be held tomorrow for the simultaneous By-Elections of two Lok Sabha seats including Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh and Belgaum in Karnataka along with 12 Assembly Constituencies spread over nine states.

Meanwhile, campaign is gaining momentum in respect of the Sixth Phase of elections in which 43 Assembly Constituencies spread over four districts of West Bengal will go to polls in this phase on 22nd of April.

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