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Rajasthan gears up for voting tomorrow: Over 1 lakh security personnel deployed

oting is being conducted in 199 assembly constituencies, instead of the usual 200.

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November 25, 2023, 7:16 pm

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Women polling agents leaving for polling booths ahead of the voting on Saturday.

JAIPUR: The state is gearing up for voting on Saturday. To ensure a secure and transparent election, over 10,2000 security personnel have been deployed across the state.

On Friday, polling parties left from various districts of the state to reach their designated polling stations. Strong security arrangements have been made with 69,114 police personnel, 32,876 Rajasthan Home Guard, Forest Guard, and RAC personnel deployed across the state. Additionally, 700 companies of CAPF have been deployed in highly sensitive areas.

Chief Electoral Officer Praveen Gupta said that this time, voting is being conducted in 199 assembly constituencies, instead of the usual 200.

A total of 51,507 polling stations have been set up in these assembly constituencies, where 5 crore 26 lakh 90,146 voters will decide the fate of their respective candidates.

This includes 1 crore 70 lakh 99,334 youth voters in the age group of 18-30, who will cast their votes for the first time.

To ensure transparency and accountability, the election authorities have set up live web casting facilities at 26,393 polling stations across the state. This will allow voters to monitor the voting process.

This time, 65,277 EVM machines will be used in the voting process on 199 seats in the state. Along with these EVM machines, 62,372 control units and 67,580 VVPAT machines have also been deployed.

In case of any technical fault, reserve machines are available, and sector officers have been appointed to take action. Two Bell engineers will also be present in every assembly for quick resolution of EVM-related problems.

To ensure inclusivity and diversity, 7960 women polling personnel will take command at women-managed polling stations, while 796 disabled polling personnel will take command at disabled-managed polling stations. Wheelchairs have been arranged at all polling booths for easy access and voting convenience.

In total, 2 lakh 74,846 polling staff have been put on duty for the assembly elections. This includes 7960 women polling personnel and 796 disabled polling personnel. The polling staff will be deployed across various polling stations, ensuring a smooth and efficient voting process.

First published: November 24, 2023