Unprecedented security steps ahead of Kannur assembly bypoll
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Last Updated: Sunday, October 25, 2009, 21:17
  
Kannur: Taking serious view of complaints of irregularities in the election process of the November seven bypoll to Kannur assembly constituency, officials have enforced stern steps to ensure free and fair polling.

The decision was finalised after an all party meeting, chaired by new District Collector P B Salim at the Collectorate here this evening, official sources said.

It has been decided to take photographs and finger prints of people as they cast votes and to have videograph in all the trouble-prone polling stations.

While 40 observers would closely monitor the election process, 22 sectoral magistrates and an equal number of police teams would be deployed in the constituency from tomorrow to take stock of the election process. It has also been decided to depute officials having the rank of Tahsildars in 10 to 15 booths, he sources said.

The number of security forces in the total 119 polling booths would be doubled while 10 additional security forces each would be deployed in 64 polling stations identified as "vulnerable".

Representatives of leading political parties including CPI-M, Congress, BJP and Muslim League attended the all party meeting, the sources said.

Opposition UDF had accused CPI-M of misuing official machinery by including sizeable number of "bogus" voters and deleting large number of electorates from the previous list.

The CPI-M had accused Union Minister Vayalar Ravi of violating model code of conduct by offering sops during his visit to Kannur recently.

Bureau Report


First Published: Sunday, October 25, 2009, 21:17


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