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'All possible measures taken for peaceful poll in Bengal'

IANS  |  Kolkata 

The Commission has taken all possible measures to ensure peaceful elections in the first phase in on Thursday and officials need not worry for their security, an said on Wednesday.

The vote for the state's Cooch Behar (SC) and Alipurduar (ST) constituencies will start at 7 a.m. and continue till 6 p.m.

officials had organised protests in various districts of the state, saying they were "afraid" of their security following the death of poll official, Rajkumar Ray, whose body was found on train track near north during the panchayat last year.

"All possible measures have been taken to ensure a peaceful Security of the officials and voters is the commission's priority," told reporters here.

About compensation for polling officials in case of any casualty or injury, said that ex-gratia compensation of Rs 10 lakh will be given if a person dies while on duty.

If a polling gets injured, he is given Rs 5 lakh, he said.

Basu also said that a total of 3,844 EVMs will be used in the first phase.

There will be 2,010 Ballot Units (BU), Control Units (CU) and (VVPATs) in Cooch Behar constituency, while Alipurduar constituency will use 1,834 BUs, CUs and VVPATs.



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First Published: Wed, April 10 2019. 22:36 IST