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MOSCOW, February 29 (Itar-Tass) —— About 36,500 people will ensure security and order during the presidential elections and the elections of deputies in the municipalities in Moscow on March 4, deputy chief of the Moscow police Vyacheslav Kozlov told reporters on Wednesday.
“About 36,500 people will ensure security at the Russian presidential elections and the elections of deputies in municipalities in Moscow. They will include more than 16,000 policemen, 2,000 cadets, over 4,000 private security guards and 14,000 voluntary patrolmen,” Kozlov underlined.
He noted that the police will be put on alert on Thursday. “A special plan was developed to control the forces involved, and an operational headquarters was formed,” Kozlov added. The chief of the Moscow main police department Vladimir Kolokoltsev heads the headquarters.
The deputy police chief reported that 125 territorial election committees and 3,387 district election committees were formed in the city. Some 3,179 polling stations were placed at educational and social facilities, another 208 polling stations will be opened at the places of temporary staying of people (hospitals, detention centres, railway stations and airports).
Kozlov noted that before the elections all polling stations will be searched through by police dog handlers with sniffer dogs, after the election committees complete their work the guard and escorting will be provided for members of the election committees and the election documents to the territorial election committees.
Policemen will be on duty at each polling station on the voting day. Meanwhile, about 2,300 road police inspectors will ensure the traffic safety in the districts, where the polling stations are situated.
The policemen, which will ensure order on March 4, will also vote at those polling stations, near which they will be on duty. “For this purpose they need a ballot paper,” Kozlov recalled.
The Moscow police are taking the so-called preventive measures. The police “are inspecting the residential areas, dormitories, hotels and flats of people, which are put on the special police register,” the deputy police chief said.
He also added that ahead of the elections the police put under tough control all particularly important facilities in the city, including the metro.