Odisha: 93 Lakh Voters To Decide Fate Of 417 Candidates Tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: Over 92.56 lakh voters will decide the fate of 417 candidates in the third phase of polls for six Lok Sabha and 42 Assembly seats in the state Tomorrow.

Briefing media persons here today, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Surendra Kumdar said preparations for the third phase have reached the final stage and necessary steps have been taken to ensure free and fair voting in 10,464 booths.

Polling will be held in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri, Sambalpur, Keonjhar and Dhenkanal Lok Sabha constituencies and 42 Assembly segments that come under them.

Out of a total of 92,56,922 voters in these constituencies, 47,99,030 are male, 44,56,729 female and 1163 belong to the third gender. Similarly, 7,11,278 first time voters will also cast their votes.

Over 68,000 polling personnel have been deployed to conduct the third phase election while 6,759 vehicles will be used for their transportation. The EC has also set up 38 all women polling personnel booths for this phase. Of the total 10,464 booths, 3,186 have been identified as critical. The Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel will be deployed in 596 booths.

Similarly, steps have been taken for webcasting in 913 booths, providing CCTV in 779 booths and engaging 858 micro-observers. Videography will be conducted in 372 places and photography in 260 polling stations.

As many as 20,778 volunteers and 6,190 vehicles have been engaged to assist 1,58,495 differently-abled voters.

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