Delhi Gears up for Saturday polls

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New Delhi: Delhi, which is gearing up for polls on Saturday in all the 70 assembly constituencies on 7 February, the Delhi police has made all the necessary preparations to conduct a fair and smooth election at the National Capital.

55000 police personnel have been deployed on the Election Day by the Delhi Police. Reportedly, senior officers have been appointed to monitor the situation.

According to the Election Commission, polling will take place at 12,177 polling stations, of which 714 have been identified as “critical”. Of these, 191 are “highly critical”.

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Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Chandra Bhusan Kumar said, “As many as 95,000 government officials have been roped in for election duty to ensure smooth conduct of the polling process. Besides, adequate numbers of security personnel will be deployed at all polling booths.”

He said that high-level security was being maintained and all electronic voting machines have been kept in strong rooms with round the clock security.

Of the total 70 seats, 12 are reserved for Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes. This time, 673 candidates would contest as against 810 in the 2013 election. Of these 194 are contesting as independents. Sixty-three women are contesting this time for Delhi elections against 71 in 2013.