Patna: Fearing the Maoist violence, the State Election Commission has decided to postpone the final round of panchayat polls in five districts on Wednesday. The decision has increased the worries of the district administration authorities.

Following the EC decision, Chief Secretary along with Home Secretary and Director General of Police on Tuesday held meeting with the officials of the Election Commission and tried to convince them of taking extra precautions during the tenth and final phase of polling.

The EC, which announced a new revised poll programme, has asked the state government to seek more CRPF from the Centre for deployment at booths in the Maoist-affected districts.

Following the kidnapping of polling party in Jamui and the fear of violence in Maoist-affected areas, the Election Commission had made the announcement to postpone the poll programme, otherwise scheduled between May 18 and 24 in Jamui, Banka, Aurangabad, Gaya and Rohtas districts.

According to the revised poll schedule, the elections will be held on May 21, 24, 26 and 28 respectively. However, the polling in Gaya’s Amas will be held on May 21, as per the prior schedule.

Secretary of State Election Commission, Abhibhushan Pandey said, “Going by the assurance of the government, we are hopeful of getting the required CRPF companies to be deployed during the polls. The polling is scheduled to be held in 195 blocks on the five dates.”

For the 10th and final phase of elections on Wednesday, the polling will be held in 30 blocks of 21 districts. As many as 52,188 candidates are in the fray for 15,767 posts. On Wednesday, 29,99,147 voters will franchise their right to vote.

JPN/Bureau