ECI announces bypoll dates for Punjab, Odisha, UP and Meghalaya

On Wednesday, The Election Commission announced the dates for the by-elections in the Parliamentary and Assembly constituencies.

The by-polls will be held in Jalandhar parliamentary constituency in Punjab and Assembly constituencies of 07-Jharsuguda, Odisha, 395-Chhanbey and 34-Suar, Uttar Pradesh, and 23-Sohiong, Meghalaya to be held on May 10.

The results for the same will be declared on May 13, Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar said in a press conference here. The polling and counting dates of by-polls coincide with those of the Assembly elections in Karnataka. Detailing the data of the electors, the CEC said that there are a total of 5.21 crores in the state and the number of 100 plus voters is 16,976. He informed me that over 58,000 polling stations would be set up across the state.

“There are 224 Assembly constituencies of which 36 are reserved for the SCs and 15 for the STs. The total electorates in the state are 5,21,73,579 crores of which males are 2.62 crores and females are 2.59 crores. The total number of 80 plus electors is 12.15 lakhs. It is an increase of 32 percent from 2018. It also includes 16,976 proud electors who are 100 plus. The number of persons with disabilities (PWDs) has increased to 5.55 lakhs. This is an increase of close to 150 percent,” Kumar said.

He said that the first-time voters have increased from 2018-19 by 9.17 lakhs in Karnataka.
“All young voters who are turning 18 years of age by April 1, will be able to vote in the Karnataka Assembly elections,” he said.

“There are 58,282 polling stations in Karnataka of which 20,866 are urban. The average number of electors per polling station comes to 883. On all the sensitive booths which have been identified, we take four to five measures. Either there would be CAPF, web-casting, or a micro-observer. With the combination of all of these, we tend to put more vigor and vigil on the sensitive booths,” he informed.

Further Kumar added, “There would be 240 model polling stations which will be made eco-friendly and green booths. 100 booths would be managed purely by persons with disability,”.

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