No of polling booths to be increased for Assembly election

Tamil Nadu chief electoral officer Sathyabrata Sahoo has directed the District Collectors to submit a list of new polling booths.

These new booths are likely to come in areas in cities and towns to decongest the crowd during the upcoming Assembly elections.

The development has come based on the last week’s all party discussion and recent instructions from the election commission of India.

The district election officers have been asked to increase the number of booths, in cities and congested pockets. Most of the new additional booths are likely in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, Vellore and Coimbatore where the voter population is more and with the political parties requesting for early elections in April, the collectors are likely to send the reports soon, reports said.

ECI has said the number of voters in each booth will be restricted to 1,000 due to Covid-19 just like in Bihar.

During the previous 2016 state assembly election, over 65,000 polling booths were set up for the polls and there were booths with 1500 voters in the registry.

This time the number of booths could increase by 30 per cent. We are planning to increase the number of polling booths to an all-time high of 95,000 and the collectors have been asked to submit a report in this regard, Sahoo said.