Bhubaneswar: The State police made elaborate arrangements for the first phase of elections in Odisha. Elections on Thursday were held in four parliamentary and 28 assembly constituencies. While a majority of these constituencies come under Maoist-affected areas, the polling today went off peacefully.
DG Police BK Sharma said that watertight security arrangements were made across all the district in which the elections were held.”The polling took place in a peaceful environment. There were no reports of violence or untoward incident from any polling booth. Special security arrangements were made beforehand. This was possible with well-coordinated efforts of the State Police and Central Armed Police.”
Now the task remains to ensure that the polling parties return back to the nodal centres and deposit EVMs in the strong rooms without any inconvenience. “A team of senior officers are designated to supervise the transit. I am hopeful that we would complete this task securely,” Sharma added.