The company begins work on monitoring critical cabins
61 lakhs of voters to elect 200 councilors; civic polls to be announced after January 7
The Greater Chennai Corporation has started preparations to monitor vulnerable and critical polling stations, as local body elections are expected to be announced any time after January 7. More than 61 lakh of voters in 200 neighborhoods of Chennai’s 426 km2 are expected to elect 200 councilors, including the mayor and deputy mayor in a few months.
Following Madras High Court orders, the Company began to arrange for the webcasting of voting booths classified as vulnerable and critical. Arrangements have been made for video recording of proceedings in all polling stations.
According to data from the assembly elections held in 2021 in Chennai, 648 voting booths are considered vulnerable and critical. This number is expected to increase to 850 after the inclusion of additional neighborhoods as part of the added zones. The exact figure will be known after the civic body holds another meeting with police officials in the coming days.
Vulnerable polling stations are identified on the basis of reports on the presence of antisocial elements in the neighborhood and the occurrence of untoward incidents in previous elections.
Critical voting booths are identified on the basis of the votes cast, with a generally high voting rate (over 90%) in previous elections or dominance of a single candidate in previous elections.
A few days ago, the civic body held a meeting with senior bank officials to mobilize micro-observers for vulnerable and critical voting booths. At least 100 bank managers should be recruited for the overall supervision of vulnerable and critical voting booths in local elections.
The Company plans to prepare a draft list of 34,870 staff for the elections. At least 28,000 people are expected to occupy the 5,794 stalls in Chennai.
Ward 159 in the Alandur area has the fewest voters, with only 3,116 registered. Kodambakkam Ward 137 has the largest number of voters, with 58,620 residents about to elect their councilor.