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Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Assam Anurag Goel has said that the state is fully equipped to conduct the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in a transparent and fair manner.

The CEO participating at the Dristipat programme of Akashvni News Guwahati said that 60 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) have already been deployed across the state and additional forces will arrive on time. He informed that GPS will be installed in the vehicles that will carry the EVMs apart from GPS equipped 20 thousand vehicles to be engaged for election purposes.

Mr Goel informed that to conduct the election smoothly, the Election Commission has arranged for webcasting of all the sensitive polling stations and using modern technology. ERONET software used to prepare voters lists in the state and the ECI has launched cVIGIL App to report any Model Code Conduct  (MCC) complaint and Election Commission will resolve the issue within 100 minutes of receiving the complaint, added the CEO.

The CEO further informed that individuals of third phase voters can still change their polling station, rectify any errors if any 10 days before the nomination deadline. The visually-impaired voters in the state can now cast their votes through the Braille signage features in the EVMs, persons above 85, and those with 45 percent disability can vote from home. Senior citizens and pregnant women will be given priority in voting at polling stations.

Those engaged in the election duty in the state to be covered by insurance and will get free treatment under Ayushman Bharat Jan Arogya Yojona apart from food and lodging facilities.

The total electorate in Assam was over 2.43 crore as on 8the February, 2024 and of these, 1,21,79,538 were male and 1,21,22,602 female. There are 414 transgender voters and 4854 voters over 100 years. Total 4 lakh 35 thousand young voters in 18-29 age groups have been added to the electoral roll in the state out of the 7,26,783 new voters. There are 28,650 polling stations in the state and there will be 1,409 women-managed polling stations and 262 model polling stations. Webcasting will be held at 15,777 polling stations.

Elections to all 14 Lok Sabha seats in the state will be held in three phases on 19 and 26 April, and 7 May. The counting of votes will be on 4 June.

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