99.94 pc voters in Udupi district have EPICs

Preparations for polls in full swing: DC

Udupi district has an Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC) coverage of 99.94 per cent as against the state average of 98.37 per cent.

Out of 8,54,068 voters in Udupi district, 8,53,592 have been issued EPICs, Deputy Commissioner Dr M T Reju told media persons on Monday.

Stressing that preparations for the May 5 Assembly polls were on in full swing in the district, he said 43,067 voters were included during the revision of the electoral list. He appealed to the voters to check the revised voters list to ensure that their names were not deleted.

They can do so by visiting the taluk offices or logging on to state election commission website.

He said that SVEEP (Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation) programme is being effectively introduced to create awareness among people on the need to exercise their franchise.

About 100 sectoral officers have been appointed. Each sectoral officer will be in charge of 10 polling booths.  The DC said that there are 1,038 polling booths.

He said that the district administration has already initiated measures to remove the flex boards, buntings. About 15 check posts will be set up in the district, at strategic locations.

Besides, media monitoring committee, video viewing team and election expenditure monitoring cell for each constituency have been constituted to ensure free and fair elections.

Nodal officers

To ensure effective implementation of SVEEP in Dakshina Kannada district, a district-level meeting was held under the chairmanship of ZP CEO Dr K N Vijayaprakash in Mangalore. The meeting decided to appoint Project director Seethamma as nodal officer for Mangalore, Rashtriya Shikshana Madhyamika Officer Shivaramaiah as the  nodal officer for Puttur.

The ZP CEO directed the officials to put up a banner in front of zilla panchayat office to create awareness on the need for exercising the franchise.
Awareness will also be created through Yakshagana, street play, mime show and announcements in vehicles.

Eye on poll expenditure

In the backdrop of the Election Commission deciding to keep a hawk's eye on all Assembly elections related expenses, Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner N Prakash convened a meeting of the bank officials. Speaking at the meeting, he said that the priority should be given to collect information about financial transactions and any cash transaction above Rs 50,000 should be duly recorded and brought to the notice of the DC.

In another meeting with the leaders of political parties, he called upon the leaders of various political parties to adhere to the model code of conduct. Candidates should furnish complete details on poll expenses, including expenses incurred for holding public meetings and vehicle charges.

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