Addressing a press conference, Thane district collector and district election officer P Velrasu said that a the total 59.90 lakh voters will exercise their franchise in Thane on Wednesday, including 26.98 lakh women voters.

A total of 238 candidates, including those of Shiv Sena, BJP, Congress, NCP and MNS, will fight to enter the assembly from 18 constituencies.

The district has a total of 6,145 polling booths, of which 764 are classified as critical, Velrasu said, adding, specified measures have been taken at the critical booths, including deputing micro observers and videographers.

A total of 35,443 people have been deployed for the election duty, including 13,662 policemen, 1,023 home guards, 12 teams of CRPF, and five teams of SRPF.

A total of 940 preventive detentions have been made in the district and nearly Rs 1 crore cash was seized in different operations in last one month, he said.

At least 75 percent voters possess voter ID card, but in case where a voter do not have ID card but has name listed on the electoral roll, can cast their vote by producing any of the 11 photo-id proof, specified by the Election Commission.

The number of voters this year has increased by nearly 3 lakh voters against the 2009 polls, the official said.

A total of 35 cases of violation of model code of conduct has been registered with the police in Thane, he said.

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