WB polls: Critical booths to be monitored by EC through webcast
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 22:21
Kolkata: The Election Commission will directly monitor critical polling booths in the coming assembly election through webcast, Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Gupta said on Wednesday.

"The Commission had introduced the latest monitoring system during the Bihar election where it scored a success," Gupta told a meet-the-press programme here.

The proceedings could be monitored directly from the sector office, CEO office and the Election Commission, he said.

The EC has also decided to use digital and still cameras and live video cast to get a detailed picture of the polling all over the state.

Besides, presiding officers at poll booths can inform the EC about polling by sending messages, Gupta said adding a micro observer will be deputed in the critical booths to assist the observer.

An SMS service has also been introduced whereby a voter can know details by sending an SMS to 93363333 or by dialling toll free number 1965, Gupta said.

So far as deployment of forces is concerned, Gupta said, "The entire force deployment pattern has been changed and we have done vulnerability mapping and sensitivity analysis. The forces would be deployed according to the vulnerability of a particular area."


First Published: Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 22:21

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