1.81 crore electors to exercise their franchise on Dec 13


A total of 1.81 crore electors will have the right to vote at 21,261 polling stations in the first phase of the Assembly elections to be held on December 13, Chief Electoral Officer Anita Karwal said Wednesday.

This number includes 8,092 armed forces personnel who are officially known as service electors. There will be 118 "other electors", the official term for those who are neither male nor female.

Of the 87 constituencies in Saurashtra, south Gujarat and western parts of rural Ahmedabad district that will go to polls in the first phase, Kamrej in Surat district with 3,04,630 electors will be the most populated, and will consequently have 320 polling stations to accommodate them.

Surat district, incidentally, will also have the highest number of "other electors" at 30.

Karwal said that about 30 per cent of all polling booths in both phase 1 and 2 of the elections are deemed "vulnerable" or "critical", and will get heightened security and preparations.

State to get over 140 election observers

Chief Electoral Officer Anita Karwal said Wednesday that phase 1 of the polls will have 87 general observers, 40 expenditure observers and 16 police observers.

All the general observers are from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and they will be deployed from November 24 to December 20 (the day for counting of votes).

Their seniority ranges from one officer of the 1984 batch to another was from the 2012 batch.

Police observers will be deployed from November 20 to December 13, the date of phase 1 polling.

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