Handcarts for handicap voters
Mumbai – Preparation for the municipal election is in full swing and is almost nearing completion. The elections will be held on 21 February. The corporation has arranged for handcarts (doli) to take the physically challenged and senior citizens to first or second floor of polling booths.
For all 227 wards, there are 7,304 polling booths at 1,582 locations across the city. Of these, 1100 polling booths are located on the first floor. Meanwhile, 688 polling booths have been identified as sensitive, out of which 17 are most sensitive, said Sanjay Deshmukh, Additional Municipal Commissioner, BMC.
Total registered voters are 91, 80, 491 lakh in Mumbai. Out of 50,30,361 are male voters and rest 41,49,749 are female voters. The voting will take place on February 21, between 7.30 am and 5.30 pm. “In Ward No. 164, wherein 31 candidates are battling, three ballot units will be used. At 37 places, wherein more than 15 candidates are contesting, two ballot units will be used,” said Deshmukh.
Besides, to keep a check on the violation the BMC has set up 13 static squads, 98 flying squads, and 39 video surveillance squads.