STATE TIMES NEWSKISHTWAR: As many as 376 polling parties along with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), Voters Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) and other election material have been dispatched for conduct of polls in two Assembly segments of District Kishtwar (51-Kishtwar and 52-Inderwal) which is going to polls on 18th of April. District Election Officer (DEO), Kishtwar, Angrez Singh Rana informed that out of 376 polling parties, 177 have been sent to Kishtwar and 199 to Inderwal. In far flung areas like Marwah and Warwan, the polling parties were dispatched through heli-service well in advance. In addition to this, 26 Engineers of ECIL were also dispatched at different locations for smooth conduct of parliamentary elections in these areas. The teams were imparted with necessary training for operating the EVMs/VVPATs and other electoral process before they left for their respective polling stations. UDHAMPUR: As many as 511 polling parties, comprising of 2,044 polling staff and 44 micro-Observer have been dispatched today for different polling stations of the three Assembly constituencies of the district viz; Udhampur, Chenani, Ramnagar of the district along with poll material, EVMs/VVPAT machines. General Observer, Kahan Singh Pannu and District Election Officer, Udhampur, Dr. Piyush Singla were present on the occasion. The DEO, Udhampur informed that a total of 511 polling parties have been dispatched for 169 polling parties for 60-Udhampur while 149 polling parties 61- Chenani and 193 parties for 62-Ramnagar respectively. Besides, 13 polling parties of far off areas of Ramnagar constituency were dispatched on Tuesday. He further informed that 24 Zonal and 55 Sector Magistrates have been appointed by District Administration for smooth conduct of general election in the district. DEO emphasized upon the Zonal/sector Magistrates and Zonal/Sector Officers of the Police to evolve better coordination on April 18, 2019 in the district Udhampur to ensure effective and transparent polling. He impressed upon the AROs, Zonal and Sector Magistrates to ensure that poll parties must reach their destinations well in time. KATHUA: In order to ensure smooth conduct of polling in second phase of Lok Sabha elections in district Kathua, polling parties for five assembly segments of Kathua were dispatched today amid incessant rains. Bani, Basohli, Kathua, Billawar and Hiranagar segments are part of Udhampur Parliamentary Constituency which is going to polls on 18 April. A total of 709 polling parties, including reserve staff, under the supervision of District Election Officer, Vikas Kundal were dispatched to their respective polling stations along with EVMs and VVPATs. The district administration had made adequate arrangements for polling parties. The DEO informed that all the polling parties were dispatched in a GPS fitted vehicle which can be monitored from the control room. Of the total 709 polling stations in the district, 15 have been identified as hypersensitive, 300 as sensitive and 394 as normal, Kundal informed and stated that 25 polling stations were established as model polling stations in Kathua whereas, 4 polling stations were established to facilitate female electors. ACR Kathua, Devinder Paul, all AROs of respective assembly constituencies, Nodal Officer for EVM/VVPAT, Sanjeev Rai Gupta and other concerned officers were present on the occasion.
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