No heat wave forecast on 4th phase polling day: Election Commission

The Election Commission of India (ECI) said on Sunday that the weather forecast indicated that 96 Lok Sabha constituencies in 10 states and union territories going to polls in the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha will There will not be a heat wave situation. Sabha election on Monday.

Prominent candidates in the fray include Union Minister Giriraj Singh (Begusarai, Bihar), Nityananda Rai (Ojiarpur, Bihar), Arjun Munda (Khanti, Jharkhand), and Ajay Mishra Tenney (Kheri, Uttar Pradesh). five-time Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary (Bahrampur, West Bengal), Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav (Kannauj, UP), and All India Majlis Ittehad Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi (Hyderabad). , Telangana).

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Andhra Pradesh Congress president YS Sharmila (Kadapa), and Trinamool Congress leaders Mahva Moitra (Krishnagar, West Bengal) and Shatrughan Sinha (Asansol, West Bengal) are also contesting the fourth phase of polling.

Live voter turnout updates

Noting that all arrangements are in place for the smooth conduct of elections, the EC said: “From Phase 3 onwards, the Voter Turnout app will be updated with a new feature of showing the total approximate turnout live for each phase. has been updated.” This means that voter turnout data for each phase, state, assembly and parliamentary constituency will now be available live on the app on a two-hourly basis on polling day till 7 pm, thereafter on arrival of polling parties. It will be updated continuously. .

There are 8.97 crore male and 8.73 crore female voters in the constituencies that will go to polls on Monday. Polling will also be held on 175 Legislative Assembly seats of Andhra Pradesh and 28 Assembly seats of Odisha. Polling time (7 am to 6 pm) has been extended in Telangana to increase voter participation.

Normal temperature

The commission said there is no significant concern regarding hot weather conditions during the fourth phase of polling as per the India Meteorological Department forecast.

“The weather forecast indicates that the polling parliamentary constituencies are likely to experience below normal temperatures (±2 degrees) and there will be no heat wave conditions in these areas on polling day. However, for the convenience of the voters, very careful arrangements have been made at all the polling stations including facilities like water, canopies and fans.

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The EC said that 1,717 candidates from 10 states and union territories are in the fray in the fourth phase. The average number of candidates contesting a parliamentary constituency is 18. As part of the arrangements, 122 airstrikes have been carried out to evacuate election and security personnel in three states (Andhra Pradesh-2, Jharkhand-108, Odisha-12). More than 19 lakh polling personnel will be deployed at 1.92 lakh polling stations.

Door-to-door voting facilities

“For Phase 4, there are over 12.49 lakh registered 85+ year old and 19.99 lakh PwD (Person with Disabilities) voters who have been given the option to vote from the comfort of their homes. The optional home voting facility is already huge. Receiving and responding… 364 observers (126 General Observers, 70 Police Observers, 168 Expenditure Observers)… have reached their constituencies a few days before the elections… Additionally, Special Observers in some states has been deployed,” the commission said.

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For round-the-clock surveillance, the EC has deployed 4,661 flying squads, 4,438 static surveillance teams, 1,710 video surveillance teams, and 934 video surveillance teams to deal strictly and swiftly with any kind of voter incitement. “A total of 1,016 inter-state and 121 international border check-posts are keeping a close watch on any illegal flow of liquor, drugs, cash and freebies. Sea and air routes are under strict surveillance.

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