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Armed forces will present in all West Bengal booths: CEO

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Press Trust of India Kolkata
Armed forces of either the Centre or the state would be present in every booth of the state during the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal, state CEO Aariz Aftab said Friday.
CCTVs and video cameras would also be there in critical and vulnerable polling stations, he said without mentioning the number of such booths.
"Every booth of the state would be either have central or state armed forces. Micro-observers would also be present," Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Aariz Aftab told reporters here.
On identification of sensitive and critical booths, he said the observers - general, police and expenditure - would have a say on this.
The final call would be taken after consultation with district magistrates and superintendents of police and that would happen after all the observers arrive.
"There would be adequate forces and we would get indication soon on availability of more central forces. Ten companies of central forces have already arrived and are conducting route marches in various places," the CEO said.
Depending on Internet connectivity, webcasting would also be done from booths during the elections.
Exit polls could be aired 30 minutes after polling ends on the seventh and final phase on May 19, Aftab said adding that opinion polls cannot be aired within 48 hours of the start of polling in every phase.
Rs 11.15 crore unaccounted cash and 5.49 lakh litres of liquor have been seized from the state so far, said additional CEO Sanjay Basu.

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First Published: Mar 29 2019 | 8:05 PM IST

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