Polling parties dispersed for by-elections to Balasore, Tirtol Assembly seats

Polling parties dispersed for by-elections to Balasore, Tirtol Assembly seats

Bhubaneswar: Polling parties for all the booths for the by-elections in Balasore and Tirtol (SC) Assembly constituencies, scheduled to be held on November 3, have been dispersed, Odisha Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sushil Kumar Lohani said here on Sunday.
Lohani said 373 polling parties were dispersed to Tirtol and 346 polling parties to Balasore early on Sunday to avoid the crowd in the dispersal centre in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. He said 104 poll parties for Balasore and 112 poll parties for Tirtol have been kept in reserve to attend to any emergencies. The CEO said this time steps have been taken to deploy ASHA workers outside all the booths to conduct thermal screening, dispensing sanitiser, distributing gloves, maintaining queue and ensuring social distancing.
Around 800 ASHA workers and an equal number of volunteers will be deployed to help in ensuring Covid compliance, he said. The District Nodal Health Officer will be in charge of overall supervision of Covid compliance. Lohani said the District Collectors and the SPs were asked to ensure that all political functionaries and people, who are not voters, should leave the constituencies after the campaign ended at 6 pm on Sunday.
He said static surveillance teams, six video surveillance teams, nine flying squads and 121 officers were deployed for the enforcement of Model Code of Conduct and election expenditure monitoring. The CEO said 52 cases have been registered for violation of Model Code of Conduct relating to non-compliance of Covid-19 guidelines and conducting meetings without permission. Lohani said 410 non-bailable warrants were executed and 3,668 people were arrested under prevention Section of 107 and 116 CrPC.

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