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268 critical, 111 vulnerable booths in city

Registered voters 98.9 lakh, up by 3 lakh since 2009; 116 candidates in the fray in Mumbai.

Mumbai | Published: April 11, 2014 2:35:30 am

Of the 10,444 voting booths, a total of 268 booths across the city have been categorised as critical booths while another 111 as vulnerable polling booths by the city and suburban collectors.

The maximum critical booths have been found in South Central constituency (68) followed by North West (64), while North Central has the highest count of vulnerable booths at 81.

“Critical booths are carefully chalked out after considering any sort of vulnerability, count of missing voters, number non-EPIC (electoral photo-ID cards) voters and if the voter turnout in the previous election is more than 75 per cent in a particular constituency, of which more than 90 per cent voted for one particular candidate,” said Shaila A, Collector (City).

Police forces will now chalk out a deployment plan for the voting day according to the location of critical and vulnerable booths.

By April 5, which was the last day to file pawers, 157 nominations had been received from all constituencies. After disqualifying a total of 23, and withdrawal of nomination by 18 candidates, a total of 116 candidates are now contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. While 20 of them are from South Mumbai, 21 are from South Central, 21 from North, 21 from North Central, 14 from North West and 19 are from North East constituency.

According to the city and suburban collectors, as many as 138 flying squads have been deployed of which 60 are in the city and 78 in the suburbs. On the polling day, video cameras will be stationed near every booth to record the entry and exit of voters.

“We have also allocated a toll-free number for complaints regarding code of conduct and other election-related discrepancies. People can call on 1800-22-1952 to register complaints,” said Shaila.

She added that as per the Election Commission’s directions, dry day will be observed from 48 hours prior to the voting day. “From 6 pm on April 22 till 6 pm on April 24, dry day will be observed,” said Shaila. According to the data available with the city and suburban collectors, the current voter count has reach 98.96 lakh, of which 2.78 lakh voters were registered in February and March. In 2009, the city had 95.91 lakh registered voters (69 in suburbs and 27.8 lakh in the city). However, the increase of 3 lakh has been contributed by the suburbs. In the city, there was a noticeable drop of 3 lakh voters, while in the suburbs there was an increase of 6 lakh voters.

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