DEO keeping a strict vigil on polling officers

With the elections fast approaching, strict measures are being taken by senior officers to ensure a smooth polling process in the city.

District Election Officer (DEO) and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) commissioner N Manjunath Prasad told reporters on Tuesday that they have deployed 56,440 polling personnel for the elections. “We have nominated separate nodal officers for each polling booth and it is their responsibility to see that the polling personnel do the duty assigned to them,” he added.

For the first time, appointment letters for all polling officers will also be uploaded online on the BBMP website. Officers can download this letter. Polling officers will also be given physical appointment letters.

“We do not want any officer to be absent from polling work and if they absent themselves, we will take criminal action against them under Section 134 of the Representation of People’s Act or we will register an FIR and arrest them immediately,” warned Prasad.

All officers have submitted their bank account details and IFSC codes so that they can get their remuneration without delay.

In order to keep a strict vigil on poll duty officers and their vehicles, the DEO and special commissioner, BBMP, Manoj Rajan launched a BBMP-VTrack system app wherein the DEO and returning officer can monitor vehicles on election duty.

The app can also be used to monitor and send immediate notifications through SMS in case of emergencies.

Each vehicle belonging to officers with different cadres can be differentiated through colour codes.

Poll seizures

The DEO has seized liquor and goods worth Rs 10.80 crore in the city. The highest seizures are from Yeshwantpur constituency with Rs 3.3 crore worth goods, liquor and cash being seized.

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