Pune: The Election Commission of India announced the program for by-poll elections in two assembly constituencies of Pune, Chinchwad and Kasba Peth, scheduled on February 26, 2023. The circular dated January 18 states that the counting of votes will be conducted on March 2, 2023.
As per the voter list prepared for the by-elections, the total number of voters in Chinchwad Constituency is 5,68,954, out of which 3,02,946 are male, 2,65,974 are female, and 34 are transgender voters. The list includes 12,313 disabled voters and 9,926 voters above 80 years. In addition, 331 non-resident Indians and 168 military voters will also participate in the election process.
Similarly, the number of voters in the Kasba Peth constituency is 2,75,679, out of which 1,36,984 are male, 1,38,690 are female, and five are third-category voters. In addition, the list includes 6,570 disabled voters and 19,244 voters above 80 years. Also, 114 non-resident Indians and 38 military voters will participate in this election.
In order to facilitate the voters’ participation in the voting process easily, 510 polling stations in Chinchwad Assembly Constituency and 270 polling stations in Kasba Peth Assembly Constituency have been prepared. Furthermore, the Election Commission of India has ensured that all these polling stations have the minimum basic facilities prescribed by them.
Of these polling stations, 13 in Chinchwad Assembly Constituency and nine in Kasba Peth Assembly Constituency have been identified as sensitive polling stations. To ensure the smooth conduct of the election process, webcasting will be done at 10 percent of the total polling stations in both constituencies, including these sensitive polling stations.
To oversee the operation of this election process, two General Inspectors, two Police Inspectors, and two Expenditure Inspectors have been appointed through the Election Commission of India, all of whom reached Pune earlier in February. In addition, necessary officers and staff have been made available to conduct the election process in both constituencies. A total of 2550 polling staff have been appointed for the Chinchwad constituency, while the Kasba Peth constituency has been allotted 1350 polling staff.
The officers and staff have undergone training to conduct the election process efficiently. The first and the second training were conducted on the 12th and 18th of February, respectively, with the third training scheduled to take place on the 25th of February.
47 Zonal Officers and 25 subtle observers have been appointed for sensitive polling stations in Chinchwad Constituency, and 15 Zonal Officers and 11 subtle observers have been appointed for Kasba Peth Constituency. The first training of these observers was conducted on February 15, and the second training will be held on February 25.
To maintain law and order during the by-elections and to conduct the election process peacefully and smoothly, two companies of RPF, one company each of CRPF, CISF, and ITBP, have been deployed for the Chinchwad Constituency. For the Kasba Peth constituency, five companies of CAPF have been registered. In addition, 1500 policemen will be provided by the Pune City Police Department for the Kasba Peth constituency, and the Pimpri Chinchwad police department will provide 836 policemen and 169 home guards for the Chinchwad constituency.
A code of conduct cell has been established to ensure fair and ethical conduct of the by-poll elections.