GUWAHATI: As per the guidelines of the Election Commission of India (ECI), the Election Department, Assam, is planning to carry out live webcasting of the polling processes in about 4,000 polling stations across the State. It will be done for all the three phases of the Lok Sabha elections in Assam as slated for April 11, 18, and 23. This will enable the ECI to directly monitor the entire process as it takes place on the day of counting, informed a source of the State Election Department. Meanwhile, the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Assam, has already issued the necessary instructions to the Returning Officers (ROs) and the District Election Officers (DEOs) in this regard.
There are 28,143 polling stations in the State. In the first phase, polling will be held in 9,574 polling stations while in the second phase, elections will be conducted in 8,992 polling stations. In the final phase, polling would be held in 9,577 polling stations in Assam.
Meanwhile, 1,913 polling stations have been identified as ‘Critical’ while 3,663 stations have been marked as ‘Hyper-sensitive’ across the State. Accordingly, the ‘Critical’ polling stations (as per the parameters) will be those where more than 90% polling was recorded during the last elections, a single politician secured over 75% of the polled votes and those polling stations which reported violence during the last elections. On the other hand, polling stations are marked as ‘Hyper-sensitive’ based on a number of factors that include the following: their locations in either the communally sensitive zones, or in the insurgency-prone areas, as well as in the border and remote locations.
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