Saturday, April 26, 2014

Election duty proved lethal in Bengal due to immense heat

"A West Bengal government official on poll duty died here today due to heat wave, taking the toll to three in the state with the mercury soaring to 41.2 degree Celsius, even as the Met department predicted thunder squalls in the next two days.
Election Commission's Micro Observer for Domkol in the Murshidabad Lok Sabha seat, Shailendra Kumar Sinha, died today after falling ill due to heat yesterday, EC sources said."

Source : NDTV
"GUWAHATI: Hot and humid weather conditions have taken a toll on the energy levels of poll officials in the city who are heading for their respective duty stations with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).
"I think the weather is taking away a lot of energy," Subhrajeet Das, a poll official, said as he waited at Sarosojai stadium to collect EVMs on Wednesday.
This year, the city is experiencing the highest temperature in the last decade and according to the met department there is a slim chance of rain in the next few days."

Source : Times of India

It is the question of many officials designated as polling personnel for the ongoing election that whether the poll can be scheduled in a favourable weather condition ? Almost all part of the country has good condition in September/October or March/April. Why not use this time for election ? It may benefit all - candidates, commission, polling personnel and voters. Unless it is seriously thought upon,  more and more polling personnel will be helpless victims as it is mandatory for them to carry on poll duty.
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Anonymous said...

i have just returned from poll duty i e on17-04-2014. poll material dis -bursement and returnig of poll material is completely in a badly managed exercise in a hot and humid condition.thousands of poll bound official like me at the age of 58 were harassed by govt a tata407 truck 25 people of 3 booths were asked to go60 km with bagages,12 evms ,3 trunk load of poll materials and 25 poll offials on the good carries space like animals. we reached poll both at12 midnight.without food and drinking water at a remote up school. near by village was at one or two km away. they gave only 900 rupees for three days stay,24 hours duty on pollday without food for that 24 hours duty returned to submitt poll material at mid night on17-04.the depositing poll materials is very chaotic.

chandan said...

My condition is same as a presiding officer for 17th.

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