Kolkata: The Election Commission held a meeting on Tuesday to ensure free and fair polls in the last phase VI of the West Bengal Assembly Elections which is scheduled on May 5.
The main focus of the EC is to ensure peaceful polls especially in the enclaves of Cooch Behar. The poll process in those enclaves will be under special observation. The district administrations of Cooch Behar and East Midnapore have been advised to impose section 144 within 100 meters of the polling booths.
25 constituencies of Cooch Behar and East Midnapore will face contest on May 5. A video conference meeting was held and was attended by the District Magistrate, top level police officers and observers. Deputy Election Commissioner of the state Sandip Saxena and CEO of the state-level EC Sunil Gupta were also present.
To ensure peace during the phase VI votes, 238 companies and 123 company central forces (CAVF) will be deployed in East Midnapore and Cooch Behar respectively. A total of 7500 state police will be posted in both of the districts. According to EC, a total of 680 companies CAVF which had come to the state has been sent to Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
9776 voters will cast their votes in 51 enclaves of Cooch Behar for the first time. There are 988 enclave-voters in the Mekhliganj constituency, 1898 voters in Sitalkhuchi, 1396 voters in Sitai, 5486 in Dinhata and 8 enclave-voters from the Tufanganj constituency. All of these voters have to cast their votes in 38 polling booths of 5 constituencies.