Campaigning for by-elections ends


The Election Commission has prohibited the sale of liquor in the four districts - Bangalore Urban, Ramnagaram, Chamarajangar and Gulbarga - where elections are being held, till 5 pm on the polling day.

In addition, the EC has instructed officials to ensure that all outsiders who have camped in the constituency for campaigning, leave the place.

The EC has asked the officers to pay visits to kalyan mantaps, lodges and hotels to identify outsiders. As many as five companies of police from Tamil Nadu will be on election duty in the state.

The EC has involved government employees (those not belonging to the constituencies going for the polls) for election duty. They will be allotted polling booths on Monday.

One electronic voting machine will be used in each booth in all constituencies except Govindarajnagar, where two EVMs will be used; the constituency has more than 16 candidates.

Deployment
Two platoons of Tamil Nadu state police comprising 200 policemen and 10 platoons of Karnataka State Reserve Police and City Armed Reserve have been deployed for election duty in the Govindarajnagar assembly constituency.

The platoons from Tamil Nadu took out a march past on Sunday in the area. Police will tighten security in each polling booth. A head constable and two constables will be deployed for sensitive booths, said M R Pujar, Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order).

Police have arrested several people as a precautionary measure, to thwart any violent incidents.  A drive is on to arrest more, added Pujar.

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