Fate of ZP, TP candidates to be sealed today

The poll staff reached their respective polling booths with the materials on Thursday.
 The deputy commissioners and returning officer of all the three districts  has made all the arrangements to ensure that the elections are held in a peaceful manner.

The voters who do not have EPIC cards can exercise their franchise by producing 21 documents as notified by the State Election Commission.

Hassan
The second phase of elections to taluk and zilla panchayats, will be held on Friday. In the district, the elections are being held for 40 ZP and 150 TP seats. A total of 10.66 lakh voters are expected to exercise their franchise.

At a news conference here on Thursday, Deputy Commissioner Naveenraj Singh said the poll staff have been trained. The police department has already made necessary security arrangements all over the district. The security will be more in sensitive and hyper-sensitive booths. As many as 60 video cameras are fitted at those polling stations as a precautionary measure.

He said villagers of Konanur Zilla Panchayat constituency have given in writing that they would boycott voting as they have been denied basic amenities. The district administration is trying to convince them to participate in voting and has promised them their demands would be made known to the government. There were also reports regarding threatening to stay away from voting in Araklgud and other taluks. There are 1581 polling stations including 133 hyper-sensitive and 77 sensitive.

Superintendent of Police K V Sharathchandra said about 800 police personnel from districts have arrived here and they would be deployed in all the taluks. Sixteen platoons of District Armed Reserve and five KSRP platoons too would be deployed. As many as 204 KSRTC buses, eight mini- buses and 204 jeeps are being used for the poll duty.

Mandya
In Mandya, the elections would be held for 40 ZP seats and 152 TP seats. The fate of  790 candidates would be decided by 11,61,273 voters on Friday.
Addressing press persons in Mandya, Deputy Commissioner Dr P C Jaffer said that there will be 1,426 polling centres in the district including 238 sensitive and 165 hyper-sensitive booths.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Puttamadaiah, Superintendent of Police Koushalendrakumar were present.

Chamarajanagar
 On Thursday, The Government  Polytechnic College of Chamarajanagar was abuzz with the activities as the mustering process held here. The elections would be held for 21 ZP and 85 TP seats.

As many as 93 persons are contesting for 21 seats and 286 candidates are in the fray for 85 TP seats. The SEC has given permission to arrange transportation facilities for tribals from their hamlets to polling booth to help them to exercise their franchise in Kollegal taluk. However, this is not applicable for the political parties to arrange transport facilities for the voters. The commission strictly banned the parties from canvassing near booths and wooing voters with money, liquor and other items.

The commission has appealed the leaders of political parties, elected representatives, candidates and general public to give co-operation for conducting the elections in a peaceful manner. Troubling the poll staff during amounts to violation of rules and those indulged would be punished. A total of 6,21,123 voters are eligible to vote. The district administration has set up 720 polling stations of which 151 are classified as sensitive and 77 as hyper-sensitive. The video recording will be done in all those 228 polling booths. Tight arrangements has been made at all the sensitive and hyper-sensitive booths across the district.

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