Code of conduct comes into force as Gujarat goes to polls on April 30

Chief Electoral Officer Anita Karwal said on Monday that the election department is fully prepared to conduct free and fair polls in Gujarat on April 30.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:March 3, 2009 1:06 am

3.63 crore-strong electorate to exercise their franchise; EPIC made mandatory

Chief Electoral Officer Anita Karwal said on Monday that the election department is fully prepared to conduct free and fair polls in Gujarat on April 30.

She said the electoral code of conduct has also come into force with immediate effect for all political parties,persons aspiring to contest polls as also on the transfer and posting of government officials /employees.

The last date for filing nominations in the state is April 10,while the last date of withdrawal is April 13. Polling will be held on April 30 and counting will take place on May 16.

Arrangements for electronic voting machines for all the 26 constituencies have also been made,she said. Giving details about the revision in the voters’ list and strength,Karwal said electoral rolls have been revised. As of January 1,2009,Gujarat has a 3.63 crore-strong electorate,which is composed of 1.88 crore men and 1.75 crore women voters. The number of service voters is 17,061.

She claimed that photographs of 85.4 per cent voters have already been collected by the election department and 92.1 per cent of them have been issued Electronic Photo Identity Cards (EPIC),which is must be carried by voters while casting their ballot.She said there were a total of 42,281 poll booths located in 26,349 buildings in the state.

According to Karwal,Navsari in south Gujarat has the largest number of voters — 16.17 lakh,while Dahod,which is reserved for the tribals,has the smallest number of voters at 11.94 lakh. Of the total 26 Lok Sabha seats in the state,four are reserved for the Scheduled Tribes and two for Scheduled Castes.

Will this booth witness hundred per cent polling?

A polling booth in Gir Forest has a single voter

A POLLING booth in Gujarat’s Gir Forest will have a single voter when the country goes to polls next month.

The booth is located at Banej in Junagadh’s Gir Forest,which is home to the Asiatic lion,Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami told mediapersons while announcing the schedule of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. “Banej is located in the Gir Forest and is part of the Una Assembly segment,” said Junagadh Collector Ashwin Kumar,adding that the only voter is the priest of the temple located there. There was only one voter from the area even in the state Assembly elections late last year,he said. Gujarat goes to polls on April 30.

In Chhattisgarh,one polling station has just two voters while three booths in Arunachal Pradesh have three voters each.

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