Three election teams, after trekking around 3-hours, have reached their designated polling stations located approximately 3000-feet above the ground level to conduct pollings in West Bengal’s Buxa Fort.
Today, over 7000 voters are likely to cast their votes here in the three polling booths– Adma FVP School (ward no. 11/225), Buxar Duar BFP School (ward no. 11/224), and Chunabhati Finish Mission Primary School (ward no. 11/226). Voters need to trek up the hill to cast their votes.
A second polling officer Tapan Saha reported sources, “To celebrate the biggest festival of democracy and to protect it, we are here. Also, interestingly, voters here are always excited to participate in voting.”
Three election teams, consisting of Presiding Officers, Polling Staffs, and security, had to trek about 8 km and to reach their designated polling stations. Around 22 porters carrying the election kits has guided the team to reach their respective destinations.
When enquired about the demand staged by polling staff to conduct their votes, Presiding Officer Jharia Oram said that “we demanded security for our lives because we don’t want to have the same fate as Rajkumar Roy whose body was found on a railway track after the panchayat polls in 2018.”
For 2019 Election, polling staff has staged protests in several districts of West Bengal in demand for central forces to be placed for their individual security.
West Bengal will see polls in seven round, commenced today, April 11. The results will be declared on May 23.