Bhopal: Over 7000 voters identified as vulnerable in first phase
Bhopal: Over 7000 voters identified as vulnerable in first phase

More than 7000 voters from six parliamentary constituencies where election will be held in first phase in Madhya Pradesh, have been identified as vulnerable. Report on vulnerability for six constituencies spread across 13 districts submitted to office of CEO states that 7297 voters are vulnerable. Overall 642 people have been identified out of which 261 have been bounded over while 21 have been externed from their districts and 14 have been taken in custody. Six parliamentary seats including Sidhi, Shahdol, Jabalpur, Mandla, Balaghat and Chhindwara will go to polls on April 29.

Districts that cover these parliamentary constituencies include Sidhi, Singrauli, Shahdol, Anuppur, Umaria, Katni, Jabalpur, Dindori, Mandla, Balaghat, Seoni, Narsinghpur and Chhindwara. Highest numbers of vulnerable voters (3031) have been identified in Mandla district followed by Balaghat with 1672 voters. Jabalpur district has 740 vulnerable voters. Election Commission keeps a tab on sensitive constituencies on basis of such reports and make extra arrangements to ensure free and fair elections.

Election observers have become active in these constituencies with notification for polls. In all, 99 observers have been deputed in state including general observers, expenditure observers and police observers. Election Commission has put 12 assembly constituencies 55 other pockets in expenditure sensitive category. Around 20% polling booths per constituency have been placed under critical category. Additional observers have been deputed at Chhindwara as bypoll for assembly constituency is also being held along with Lok Sabha elections. Three naxal infested assembly constituencies in Baihar, Lanji and Paraswada that fall under these Lok Sabha constituencies will go to polls in first phase.

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