27,000 villages ‘vulnerable’ in second phase pollsApril 22nd, 2009 - 12:05 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The Election Commission has identified nearly 27,000 villages as “vulnerable” from a security point of view in the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections.
The second phase polling for 141 Lok Sabha constituencies in 13 states and 140 assembly segments in Andhra Pradesh and 77 in Orissa will take place Thursday. However, one parliamentary constituency in Manipur goes to polls Wednesday,
“Vulnerability mapping of all the constituencies (which go to the polls Thursday) has been carried out. A total of 26,872 villages and hamlets have been identified as vulnerable,” Deputy Election Commissioner R. Balakrishnan told reporters Tuesday.
At least 194.8 million people are eligible to vote in the second phase. A total of 2,041 candidates are seeking mandate from 141 Lok Sabha constituencies. Among the candidates, 121 are women.
“For this election, we have deployed 280,838 control units and 350,879 ballot units. Approximately one million polling staff will be deployed to manage the polling stations,” the Election Commission said.
“The number of of parliamentary constituencies having more than 16 candidates are 40 while the number of parliamentary constituencies having more then 32 candidates are two - Bangalore Central (37 candidates) and Pune (37 candidates),” the poll panel added.
Baramati seat in Maharashtra has the highest number of women candidates - seven.
in this phase of elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded 113 candidates, the Congress has fielded 117, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) 122, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) nine, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is fighting on 23 seats, the Communist Party of India (CPI) on 17 and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on 15.
A total of 196 candidates from regional parties and 912 Independent candidates are also trying their luck in the second phase.
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