Friday, March 27, 2009

150 polling booths to be WLL connected

Express News ServiceFirst Published : 27 Mar 2009 03:33:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 27 Mar 2009 02:03:39 PM IST

MANGALORE: For the first time in the history of elections, the district election office (DEO) will network 150 polling booths in the naxal-infested areas in Dakshina Kannada district with the BSNL's Wireless in Local Loop (WLL) mobile phone connections.

Departing from convention, the EC had endorsed a 'special communication plan' envisaging a free flow of information from polling booths to the district election office in the LS elections. Thus under the plan, 1,368 polling booths, including an additional 106 polling booths proposed in the district will be connected with district election office either by landline or cell phone. ''Most of these booths were identified as hyper sensitive due to their proximity to forests frequented by naxalites,'' sources said.

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