ISBT, Silchar
A view of the campus of ISBT, Silchar where election officials were seen marching for their respective polling stations. Image credit - Northeast Now

With the district administration of Cachar district gearing up for Sunday’s Panchayat polls, the election officials and security personnel have left for their respective polling booths in the district on Saturday.

After 733 polling personnel who left for 12 Zila Parishad constituencies (ZPC) on Friday, 926 polling personnel started their journey on Saturday to cover the remaining 15 ZPCs, which are going to polls on Sunday.

Cachar Deputy Commissioner, Dr S Lakhsmanan, who is overseeing the proceedings personally, talking to Northeast Now at Silchar’s ISBT complex, on Saturday said, “We have faced one or two minor issues yesterday due to crossing over of river Barak in harsh terrains of Lakhipur, but, the things have been sorted out now. Some stayed back in some nearby schools and have started their march to their respective polling booths this morning.”

ISBT, Silchar
Election officials busy in locating their respective polling stations at ISBT, Silchar on Saturday. Image – Northeast Now
Election officials busy in locating their respective polling stations at ISBT, Silchar on Saturday. Image – Northeast Now

In Cachar district, there are total 1659 polling stations wherein 10,55,000 voters would exercise their franchise on Sunday, said the DC, adding, “There are 27 ZPCs and 162 Gaon Panchayats in Cachar district of which two Anchalik Panchayat members and 44 Gaon Panchayat members have already won uncontested. Both the AP member seats have gone to the BJP, while, they pocketed an additional 28 GP member seats too for not having any contestant against their party candidates. Congress party have won 13 GP member seats while three more independent candidates GP members too have been declared as winners.”

In all 1659 polling stations, polling will start at 7 am in the morning will end at 3 pm.

Dr S Lakhsmanan, talking to this correspondent said, “9995 officials are on election duty excluding the police personnel for which keen scrutiny is being done to have a peaceful and fair panchayat polls on Sunday.”

The Cachar DC has also appealed to the people to come out in large number to exercise their franchise and make this election successful.

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