District admin told to map ‘vulnerable’ areas ahead of poll

State Election Commissioner Meera Pandey has directed all the district magistrates and SPs of the districts to prepare a vulnerability study map of the polling stations and assess the ground situation in their respective areas as part of the assessment of the law and order situation ahead of the panchayat polls in the state.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:March 15, 2013 12:46 am

State Election Commissioner Meera Pandey has directed all the district magistrates and SPs of the districts to prepare a vulnerability study map of the polling stations and assess the ground situation in their respective areas as part of the assessment of the law and order situation ahead of the panchayat polls in the state.

A meeting has been called on March 16 where all the DMs and SPs will have to present their reports.

This comes even as the Commission and the state government have failed to resolve their differences over the number of phases of elections to be held and whether Central forces will be deployed for free and fair polls.

A senior official of the Commission said they have received reports from West Midnapore,Hooghly,Bankura ,Purulia and Nadia districts about frequent political clashes.

“So,we have instructed the DMs and SPs to come up with their assessment of law and order situation as early as possible,” the official added.

Apart from vulnerability mapping,the Commission has also decided to install a new software in the mobile phones of around 3 lakh polling personnel who will be deputed at 59,000 polling booths so that they could directly contact with their counterparts in Kolkata for any assistance in case of emergency. The software will be installed by Webel and around Rs 2 crore is required for installing the service at every polling booth.

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