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District adminstration geared up for Gram Panchayat elections

Last updated: 06 May, 2010
Chikkaballapur: may 6,DHNS:

Gram Panchayat: For fair and peaceful polling

The district administration is all set for conducting elections in a peaceful manner for 146 gram panchayats on May 8 said deputy commissioner Anwar Pasha.

Preparations at Kolar. DH Photo

Speaking at a press meet here on Thursday he said a total of 961 polling booths in 6 taluks in the district have been set up. One booth per area with a minimum of 300  and maximum of 1300 voters has been established. One polling officer and 3 election staff have been allocated per booth. The polling staff numbering 3728 have been imparted training at two stages.

For gram panchayat elections, electronic voting machines are not being used. Instead ballot papers are being used. Voters have to stamp the ballot papers. The voters will be marked with indelible ink on the right hand middle finger, he said.
 Necessary ballot papers have already been printed. For officials who are deputed on election duty have been posted postal-ballot. Appropriate  security arrangements have been made to assure that voters can cast their votes without fear or pressure.

ID cards must
Voters have been instructed to bring with them identity card, or ration card with photo, bank pass book or nay other identity card issued by a government institution. They can vote by producing anyone of these.

For election purpose as many as 112 buses, 200 jeeps have been deputed. The police department will be allocated 60 jeeps out of the 200. The rest 140 will be used by the Revenue Department.  Vehicles required for each taluk will be handed over to the respective tahsildars at 7 am on the previous day of the election.
To prevent any malpractices 12 nodal and 26 sectoral officers have been deputed.
AS many as s 5905 candidates are in the fray for 2231 seats. Out of them 103 candidates will be elected unopposed.

District superintendent of police Dr T D Pawar said there are 96 hyper-sensitive and 673 sensitive polling booths in the district.  
Each hyper-sensitive booth will be deployed with one police and two security guards. At sensitive booths one security guard has been allocated.
At all general booths one police constable per booth has been deployed.
Apart from these 48 mobile police squad  are deployed. Each mobile squad will take care of 20 booths.

Each circle inspector will lead 6 vigilance squads.
To prevent any ontoward incidents at hyper-sensitive booths 17 task-force teams have been set up. Each of these teams will be coordinating with KSRP battalion and one district armed reserve police, he said.

Vigilance
For strict vigilance two DySPs, ten circle inspectors, 60 sub-inspectors, 166 head constables, 869 constables, and 800 home guards have been deputed.
To check any transport or distribution of liquor 6 excise squads have been set up. All liquor shops will be closed 24 hours before the election.
All personal arms with individuals  have been taken into the custody of police.  
As a precautionary measure more than 30 rowdies have been taken into judicial custody, he said.
DH News Service


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