Mandya and Hassan districts gears up for LS polls

Elaborate arrangements made;  ‘Election Cell’ setup at Mandya to deal with malpractices

With the poll calendar released, all the district administrations have geared up, holding meetings to discuss the future course of action.

Addressing a press meet in Hassan, Deputy Commissioner V Anbu Kumar said, according to voters list published in the month of January, there are 15,23,524 voters in the Lok Sabha constituency and in all, 2,196 polling booths will be set up, including 1,960 in Hassan, and 236 in Kadur.

There are 7,70,769 men and 7,52,680 women voters and 75 sexual minorities in the voters list. About 99.60 per cent people have been issued voters identity card, he said.The number of voters registered and polling booths are: Shravanabelagola-1,91,989 (270 booths); Arsikere-2,00,045(275); Belur-1,77,051(268); Hassan-1,88,822 (265); Holenarasipur-1,99,073 (316); Arkalgud-1,99,804 (285); Sakleshpur-1,83,122 (281).BEL company has supplied new machines, including 2,700 ballot units (BU) and 2,180 control units (CU) which have been stored at Government Engineering College. The EVMs would be dispatched after being inspected by BEL officials and engineers, he added.

Inclusion of names

Those who have completed 18 years of age and do not have their names in the voters list may register their names up to March 16, the DC said.

The Booth Level Officers have been directed to be present at the polling booth on March 9 and guide the public. Voters may verify their names and those wishing to enrol their names may submit their applications along with relevant documents, he said.

Mandya District

Deputy Commissioner Dr Ajay Nagabushan said, 16,41,671 voters — 8,25,758 men and 8,15,913 women — under Mandya Lok Sabha constituency are eligible to exercise their franchise this time.

Addressing a media conference, in Mandya, on Thursday, he said, 2,133 new voters have been enroled and scrutiny of many more applications is under progress. “There is no restriction on organising cultural events. However, the organisers have to avail permission from the District Administration. A single window system is in place to either accept or reject proposals for cultural events. The officials concerned will decide on the fate of a particular event within 24 hours,” he said.

Election Cell

Superintendent of Police Bushan Bhorase said, the public may alert the District Administration on election malpractices by calling either 100 or 08232-224888. An exclusive ‘Election Cell’ has been setup to deal with election malpractices, he added.

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