EC to videograph all polling stations during ‘sensitive’ Handia bypoll

The Election Commission has decided to videograph all 314 polling stations during the bypoll at Handia Assembly constituency in Allahabad on June 2 because the constituency has been found to be sensitive.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Published: May 19, 2013 1:55:36 am

The Election Commission has decided to videograph all 314 polling stations during the bypoll at Handia Assembly constituency in Allahabad on June 2 because the constituency has been found to be sensitive.

The decision came following reports from the Allahabad district administration and police that the constituency was sensitive because of political,communal,social reasons and the presence of criminal elements. Sources said the Chief Electoral Office had also received complaints of attempts by some politicians to influence the by-election.

This is first time all polling stations of an Assembly constituency will be videographed,election officials said.

Handia seat fell vacant after the death of Samajwadi Party MLA Mahesh Narain Singh.

Because of the sensitive nature of constituency,the commission is making arrangements for live web casting of polling at 24 “highly sensitive” polling stations.

UP Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha said the constituency was sensitive for various reasons. Videography at all the polling stations would enable better monitoring. Central Police Force (CPF) personnel will be deployed at every polling station.

The Allahabad district administration and police officials have been directed to make a special communication plan for polling day,Sinha said. Telephone directories are being prepared with mobile numbers of selected villagers and polling staff. “Election officials will randomly contact village people and polling staff on and before the polling day to receive information about violation of poll rules like distribution of gifts,liquor or threats to public,” Sinha said.

A total of 14 candidates are in the fray after the nomination papers of an independent nominee were rejected by the returning officer on Friday.

The SP has given a ticket to Mahesh’s son Prashant Kumar Singh. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has fielded Pankaj Tripathi,nephew of former minister Rakesh Dhar Tripathi,who is BSP candidate from Mirzapur for Lok Sabha elections. The BJP has fielded Vidyakant Tiwari alias Sanwre,who had contested on the same seat in 2012 Assembly elections and his security deposit was forfeited. The Congress has give ticket to Amrit Lal Bind.

Poll in numbers

Date of bypoll: June 2

Candidates in fray: 14

Voters in Handia: 3.27 lakh

Counting of votes: June 5

Candidates: Prashant Kumar Singh (SP),Pankaj Tripathi (BSP),Vidyakant Tiwari (BJP),Amrit Lal Bind (Cong)

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