Election Commission to deploy micro-observers in Bihar

March 16th, 2009 - 4:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Patna, March 16 (IANS) The Election Commission will deploy micro-observers at all polling booths in Bihar to maintain constant vigil during voting for the general elections next month, an official said here Monday.
“The election commission has decided to deploy micro-observers on static duty at all booths in Bihar for the first time,” home secretary Afzal Amanullah told IANS.

Central government Class-1 and Class-2 officials will be appointed micro-observers. They will keep an eye on every activity at the state’s 56,942 polling booths and report to the respective returning officers of the parliamentary constituencies, he added.

According to officials in the election office here, the move is aimed at minimising poll irregularities like rigging and violence.

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