Jharsuguda by polls on May 10; Counting on May 13


Jharsuguda: The much-awaited Jharsuguda assembly polls are upon us, and the entire district is buzzing with excitement. After weeks of intense campaigning, the day finally arrived for the people of Jharsuguda to cast their votes and elect their representatives.

As per the notification by the Election Commission, the votes will be counted on May 13. To ensure transparency, all booths in the constituency will have webcasting facilities. The Chief Electoral Officer of Odisha, Nikunj Bihari Dhal, has assured the public of the deployment of thousands of polling officers to conduct the polling process smoothly and transparently.

With a total of 2,21,719 registered voters, including 1,10,619 males, 1,10,637 females, 63 third-gender voters, 249 service voters, and 2534 PWD voters, the Jharsuguda assembly constituency is a significant electoral battleground. The constituency has 253 booths set up to receive votes, including 26 pink booths exclusively for women voters.

To streamline the polling process, a total of 1,120 polling officers will be employed, with four polling officers in each booth. Additionally, 96 polling officers will be retained, and micro-observers will be appointed in 69 booths. Mock polling will be conducted one and a half hours before polling begins in all the booths, starting at 7 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m.

Ensuring the safety and security of the voters is of utmost importance, and hence, a total of 1,155 police officers, including 814 police personnel, 17 platoons of armed police force, 323 havildars/constables, 205 home guards, and 7 CPFs, will be deployed to maintain peace and order during polling. The CAPF will be deployed in 144 booths in the constituency.

The CEO has assured the public that all necessary steps have been taken for a free and peaceful election in the Jharsuguda assembly constituency. With webcasting facilities available in all booths and polling officers, micro-observers, and police personnel deployed to ensure a smooth and transparent polling process, the citizens of Jharsuguda can rest assured that their votes will count towards the future of their constituency.