444 polling stations in Chennai are weak to electoral offences

Chennai District Election Workplace has recognized 444 polling stations as weak to electoral offences within the 16 Meeting constituencies of town.

In response to information collected by the District Election Workplace for ‘vulnerability mapping’, slum neighbourhoods on the banks of Buckingham Canal, Adyar and Cooum have a lot of weak polling stations.

In 2011, town had 3,236 polling stations unfold throughout 16 constituencies. Within the 2016 Meeting elections, the quantity elevated by round 500. Forward of the Meeting elections in 2021, the variety of polling stations within the 16 Meeting constituencies of Chennai has elevated from 3,754 to six,123 after the event of extra polling stations due to COVID-19. The variety of electors in every of the polling stations will likely be lower than 1,000.

Chennai District Election Workplace is anticipated to take measures for rigorous enforcement of the mannequin code of conduct to provide confidence to electors belonging to the weak sections within the 444 polling stations forward of this election.

Officers stated the weak polling stations in Chennai are positioned in areas the place residents are more likely to be prevented from voting. A lot of the weak polling stations in Chennai have been recognized by the native police stations primarily based on the record of rowdy parts within the space.

As many as 17 polling stations have been recognized as essential within the 16 Meeting constituencies of town, with greater than 75% of the vote going to a single candidate in a polling station with 90% votes polled within the earlier election.

Faith and caste should not main points in vulnerability mapping in Chennai, officers stated.

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