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Voting held in 1.5 lakh polling stations across 475 Assembly constituencies

6/04/2021 at 8:00 PM

New Delhi, April 6: Polling was conducted peacefully in1,53,538 Polling Stations spread across 475Assembly Constituenciestoday, in the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and for third phase of Assam and West Bengal. The number of Polling Stations has increased in view of the fact that the number of voters per polling station has been reduced from 1500 to 1000 keeping social distancing norms in view.

Details of Electors, Polling stations & Observers in the poll are as follows:

Table 1
StateKeralaTamil NaduPuducherryAssam 3rd PhaseWest Bengal 3rd Phase
Assembly Constituencies140234304031
No of Polling Stations4077188,937155811,401 10,871 
Registered Electors2,75,03,1996,28,69,955100419779,19,64178,52,425
No of General observers deployed70150113322
No of Police observers deployed2041597
No of Expenditure observers deployed4011912179
% of voting till 5 PM69.95%64.92%77.90%78.94%77.68%
Total Number of Assembly Constituencies = 475 (1)
Total Number of Contesting Candidates = 5821

To ensure inclusive and accessible elections, ECI has extended the option of postal ballot facility to PwDs, Senior Citizensabove the age of 80 years, COVID-19 suspect or affected persons and persons employed in essentialservices. The Observers at the ground level oversaw that proper arrangements for facilitation were made available for these voters.

Total Number of PwD Electors = 906763

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Total Number of 80+ Electors = 2152210

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Details of PWD Electors and 80+ Electors are as follows:

Table 2
StateKeralaTamil NaduPuducherryAssam 3rd PhaseWest Bengal 3rd PhaseTotal
PWD Electors2947184,81,8991203854,14864,0839,06,763
80+ Electors62206412,87,4571714699,4711,26,17721,52,210

As per standard procedure all these EVMs and VVPATs had already undergone First Level Checking, Randomisation, and Commissioning in the presence of Political Parties/Candidates agents. During FLC and during commissioning each of these EVMs and VVPATs had undergone mock polls. Today before the start of the poll each of the EVMs and VVPATs again underwent a mock poll in the presence of polling agents of the candidates with minimum 50 votes cast on each, as per standard procedure. At the end of the mock poll the result of EVM were matched with the result of VVPAT slips and shown to the polling agents. Non-functioning rate during the mock poll is lesser than comparable / experienced in last few polls.

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