Special voters enrollment drive to be held on April 8

Special voters enrollment drive to be held on April 8

With Assembly polls fast approaching, a special drive to enrol voters will be held at all the designated polling stations in the district on April 8.

Briefing reporters here on Tuesday, Deputy Commissioner Sasikanth Senthil said that the special one day camp will be organised from 10 am to 5 pm. "Electoral rolls were published on February 28. However, the last date for applying for enrolling in voters' list has been extended to April 14, giving people another chance to enrol. Anyone applying after that cannot exercise their franchise in the May 12 elections,'' he said.

The DC said that the general public in the district may contact the helpline regarding enquiry of election-related information. The helpline number is 18004252099. To know one's Assembly constituency polling station address and other details, one can send an SMS of their electoral photo ID card number to 9731979899 in the format of -KAEPIC ID card number. The district election website is: http://www.dk.nic.in/election or www.deodk.com

Demonstration

Voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) will be used with EVMs in all Assembly constituencies in the district for the upcoming elections.

A demonstration of the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) was held at the Deputy Commissioner's office here on Tuesday.

The DC said that there will be a ballot unit, a control unit and a VVPAT unit in every polling station. With the VVPATs, the voters will know for whom they had voted. They can see the paper trail in the VVPAT unit which will last for seven seconds.

During the counting of votes, the paper trails of one polling station will be randomly selected for checking. The demonstration on the functioning of the VVPATs will be held in all polling stations so that people come to know about its functioning and they can clarify their doubts, he said. Leaders from all the political parties have checked the functioning of the EVMs and VVPATs.

No permission

The District Electoral Officer said that there is no need to obtain permission for private functions held in private premises following the model code of conduct in force for the Assembly elections.

Similarly, for functions that are apolitical in nature, the organisers need not take permission.

However, the organisers of any private functions that are organised in public places should obtain prior permission even if it is for using public addressing system.

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