AGRA: Massive security arrangements have been made in Aligarh for the byelection in Iglas assembly constituency on Monday.
Twelve of the 345 polling stations have been identified as “vulnerable” in the assembly segment. According to officials, 50 sector magistrates, five zonal magistrates, three additional district magistrate (ADM) and a chief development officer will be overseeing the polling at the 458 polling booths in the constituency.
Talking with TOI, sub-divisional magistrate, Iglas, AK Singh said 200 video cameras and 145 digital cameras have been installed to ensure free and fair elections. He said 46 micro-observers have been also deployed at polling centres. He told TOI that one “pink” booth has been set up exclusively for women and one woman polling officer will be available at each centre for verification of woman voter, in case of any kind of suspicion.
Manilal Patidar, superintendent of police (rural), told TOI that eight companies of the Provincial Armed Constabulary, two companies of Sashastra Seema Bal and 3,000 police personnel have been deployed for polling, which will commence at 7 am and end at 6pm.
The counting of votes will take place on October 24. A total of seven candidates are in the fray for this reserved assembly seat.
The bypoll for the reserved constituency was necessitated after the seat had fallen vacant as its sitting BJP MLA Rajveer Singh Diler was elected to the Lok Sabha in the 2019.