Vehicle facilities for voters today

Call toll-free phone number 1077 in case of any poll-related complaint

Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim said that the district is all set for the April 17 election and the district administration has taken all measures to tackle any untoward situations. 

Speaking at the peace committee meeting held at his office on Tuesday, he said the district administration will ply buses for the benefit of voters residing at very far distances from the polling station. A sum of Rs 5 to Rs 10 will be collected from such voters, the DC said. He meanwhile instructed the political parties not to make arrangement of vehicles for voters.

In the wake of complaints received on fake voting, maximum number of inter-state buses have been withdrawn in the district. All the vehicles will be subjected to checkups, he said.

The DC said arrangements have been made to replace malfunctioning Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). A centre has been identified for each 10 polling stations, so that the faulty EVMs are replaced immediately. Also, arrangements have been made, keeping in mind the rainy conditions. Lunch will be provided for election staff, so that the election process is carried out smoothly, the DC said.

From every polling station, booth level officers will feed the information to the State Election Commission during the end of the voting process regarding the voting percentage and also the number of people waiting in the line.

The Deputy Commissioner told voters to contact the toll free number 1077, in case of any complaints.

Peace committee members suggest

Representatives from various organisations who took part in the meeting, kept forward their suggestions to the District Election officer and Superintendent of Police. One of the members said that in some places, the voters are paid money and blue ink mark is applied on their fingers, by the workers of some political parties on the previous day of the elections.

He requested the concerned to take action in the regard. Also, the members suggested that the documents of voters, who arrive late, be checked by block level officer, before allowing them to cast their vote.

Another member said that some party workers who create havoc in some polling stations during the elections, will bring political pressure from their party leaders to escape the arrest.

SP Dr Sharanappa replied that the police department will not come under any pressure during elections and the guilty will be punished, irrespective of any political party or affiliation. DySP(Law and order) Jagadish was present.

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