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Rajasthan: Quick Look

Onkar Singh in Jaipur | November 29, 2003 02:12 IST
Last Updated: November 29, 2003 11:11 IST

Date of polling: December 1, 2003

Counting: December 4, 2003

Chief Electoral Officer: Lalit Kothari

Based at:  Secretariat, Jaipur

Seats: 200

Candidates: 1541

Election observers: 131

Electorate: Over 3.35 crore

No of EVMs: 36,000

No of polling booths: 35,705

Sensitive booths: 4,529

Hypersensitive booths: 4,410

No of poll personnel: 200,000

Security forces: 70,000 (includes 110 companies of BSF, CISF, Rapid Action Force, Punjab Armed Police, Haryana Armed Police and Border Home Guards)

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Each EVM can accommodate 16 candidates. In seats where the number of contestants exceeds 16, two EVMs would be provided to voters. Some EVMs would be kept in the custody of the deputy commissioner of each district to replace faulty machines.

"There would be no problem for those using public transport but private vehicles coming into the state would be thoroughly checked," Kothari told

Over 100,000 persons had been arrested and released on bail after they gave an undertaking that they would not try to disrupt the elections.

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