Full EC team to visit Kolkata on March 22

A full team of the Election Commission will visit the city on March 22 to assess the situation before the six-phase Assembly election begins on April 18.

Updated: Mar 10, 2011, 20:45 PM IST

Kolkata: A full team of the Election
Commission will visit the city on March 22 to assess the
situation before the six-phase Assembly election begins on
April 18.

Home Secretary G D Gautama today said the team would
come to the city to talk to various political parties,
district magistrates and top police and state government
officials.

Gautama said the vulnerability mapping exercise was
almost over and that the exact quantum of the forces required
for the polls would be known shortly.

Vulnerability mapping was done to gauge sensitivity of
the areas and was directly related to force requirement.
Gautama said that while 600 companies were deployed
during the 2006 polls which was conducted in five phases, the
quantity would decline this time as the polls were spread
across six phases.

He said like the last time, paramilitary forces would
man the polling booths.

Concentration of forces would be the most in the last
phases where polls are due in West Midnapore, Bankura and
Purulia due to known reasons, he said.

While 186 companies had already arrived, 14 more would
come, Gautama said.

PTI