Baramulla: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Monday accepted the proposal of district administration Baramulla to shift 61 polling stations from sensitive areas of the district to other places.
“We had send a proposal to ECI to shift some polling booths from violent areas of Baramulla, Sopore and Pattan to safer places or decrease their number in the areas, and today (Monday) we got confirmation from ECI to shift 61 polling stations from these areas to other places,” Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, Farooq Ahmad Lone, who is also the Returning Officer for his district, said.
Earlier, the police and other agencies had advised the district administration to get the polling station shifted from these areas on the apprehensions of stone pelting and militant attacks.
“We shifted 18 polling stations from old town Baramulla to other areas; some were shifted to Stadium Colony and some to old hospital buildings, and there is now no polling stations in old town Baramulla,” Lone said, adding that the voters of old town can go to Stadium Colony and to the old hospital buildings to exercise their franchise.
Lone said that as per new arrangements, 37 polling station in down town area of Sopore have been shifted to nearby safer places while 18 polling stations of old town Baramulla have been shifted to Stadium Colony and other civil line areas.
Also, the six polling stations in Palhalan village have been shifted from village interiors to village outskirts in Government Higher Secondary School building.
“The decision was taken to avoid any untoward incident in these areas on polling day,” said Lone.
Elections for Baramulla Lok Sabha seat is scheduled on May 7.