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:
|State||Kerala||Tamil Nadu||Puducherry||Assam 3rd Phase||West Bengal 3rd Phase|
|No of Polling Stations||40771||88,937||1558||11,401||10,871|
|No of General observers deployed||70||150||11||33||22|
|No of Police observers deployed||20||41||5||9||7|
|No of Expenditure observers deployed||40||119||12||17||9|
|% of voting till 5 PM||69.95%||64.92%||77.90%||78.94%||77.68%|
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
Total Number of 80+ Electors = 2152210
Details of PWD Electors and 80+ Electors are as follows:
|State||Kerala||Tamil Nadu||Puducherry||Assam 3rd Phase||West Bengal 3rd Phase||Total|
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.