Kerala Elections

1200 polling booths marked unsafe in Kerala ahead of assembly elections

In Kerala, more than 1,233 polling booths at 711 locations have been marked unsafe ahead of the assembly elections by the Election Commission for May 16, assembly polls where more central police forces have been deployed.

Kasargod, Kannur and Kozhikode in North Kerala, are most unsafe locations and this will go up said by Dr Nasim Zaidi ,  Chief Election Commissioner after reviewing the preparedness of the poll by the Election Commission .

In Kerala, deployment of the central police force is there in fair numbers for the route marches, confidence-building measures and  surveillance of vulnerable locations.

Strict steps also would have been taken in order prevent fake voting.

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According to Zaidi,  During poll, on steps have been taken in order to restrain the influence the black money and strict actions will be further taken in order to curb the activities of black money. 340 flaying squad have been activated.

Total of  Rs. 19.49 crore black money,  gold of 11.19 kg, and liquor to a tune of 18,384 litres along with 4437.5 litres of spirit have been caught.

Zaidi said that “enforcement authorities are already acting” to DMK’s question of demand for a CBI investigation on the black money.

“Necessary mechanisms have been activated to ensure money power does not endow some candidates undue advantage over the others” said by Zaidi.

He further added that Election Commission will continue to check the occurrence of the paid news on daily basis.

“By and large we are satisfied with the election preparedness in the state. The objective is to increase the voting turnout, he said, adding, “we want around 80 per cent and more”.

Election Commission will collect information on real time basis on violation related information and further pass it to enforcement agencies like flying squad.

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