MANGALDAI: "Darrang district administration is determined to leave no stone unturned in ensuring a totally free, fair and safe election in the district. It is the duty and responsibility of the administration to offer all facilities to every citizen of the district in exercising their democratic right to participate in the largest democracy of the world," said Darrang Deputy Commissioner-cum- District Election Officer Dilip Kumar Borah while addressing the first official press meet on Saturday evening immediately after the publication of the notification to the assembly election in Assam.
Stressing upon the safety aspect of the polls, he also said that the elections would be conducted keeping in mind all the COVID safety precautions, including supply of adequate numbers of face masks and sanitizers for the polling officials as well as the voters.
The Darrang district administration on Saturday convened the press meet to make the public aware of the preparations it had made for smooth conduct of the upcoming assembly polls, apart from the steps taken for strict implementation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), including defacement and removal of government posters from government premises.
The Deputy Commissioner said that as per the updated data, there are 8,34,337 voters in the district, which is likely to increase as the updating of electoral rolls is still going on. "There will be a total of 1,201 polling stations across the district, an increase of 136 than the earlier 1,065. Moreover, each polling station will have not more that 1,000 voters under any circumstances, keeping the coronavirus pandemic in mind, and the district administration has taken special measures such as provision of ramp in polling stations, option of 'voting from home" for the differently-able and the octogenarian voters," he added.
The Deputy Commissioner further appealed to the media persons for their co-operation in maintaining peace and tranquility in the district in the run-up to the elections. District Development Commissioner Subhalakhsmi Deka, Additional Deputy Commissioners Vijay Bhaskar Reddy, Pankaj Deka, Panchami Choudhury, Election Officer Hemashree Khanikar and DIPRO Ayan Hazarika also accompanied the Deputy Commissioner in the press meet
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