The Election Commission is likely to send representatives to West Bengal next week before finalising poll-related security in the state.
EC will send a team to West Bengal which is likely to visit the districts and complete “vulnerability mapping” that will decide the quantum of Central Armed Police Forces’ deployment in the state. The team could have 11-18 officers.
The EC has also sought information on several poll-related factors from the past two elections, including the 2018 panchayat polls.
The “vulnerability mapping” is usually done on six parameters which are- threat on basis of caste, intimidation of voters, history of political clashes, religion or political identity, tension in the region, victory margins in previous elections, “worry lists”, and complaints from political parties.
“EC representatives will speak to people to assess their fears. They will also prepare a profile of electors and map the region’s demography. These parameters will help decide security deployment,” an EC official said.
The Commission has already identified seven districts which are being considered as sensitive and will send more representatives there.