BBMP to shift 393 poll booths, rename 112

BBMP to shift 393 poll booths, rename 112

Of the 8,278 polling stations in 28 constituencies of Bengaluru, the BBMP has decided to shift 393 and rename 112.

BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad has sent a proposal to the Election Commission (EC).

"Due to various reasons, we are shifting polling stations. A few buildings are in bad condition and a few are on the first floor which may cause difficulties to the physically challenged and senior citizens. Stations in private buildings should be shifted to government buildings, the polling stations in religious centres and places belonging to political people are to be shifted," said Prasad, who is also the district election officer.

"Around 3.55 lakh names have been added to the voter's list, in this 3.30 lakh people have got their identity cards and remaining 24,000 will get the identity cards soon. The last date to add their names to the voter's list is April 14," he said.

"There should be at least 1,400 voters in any polling station. However, there are more than 1,400 voters in the 806 polling stations in the city limits. In this kind of place, auxiliary stations will be introduced," Prasad explained.

The BBMP accepted that there is a shortage of staff and requested the EC to allow auxiliary stations only at those place where there are more than 1,500 voters.

Also, the BBMP has requested its officers to surrender the vehicles with drivers for election duty.

From April 8, a special enrolment drive will be conducted in Bengaluru.

People can go to the polling stations between 10 am and 5 pm and check details on the voter's list. Corrections, if any, the addition of names and also removal can be done by providing photos and document proof," Prasad added.

Speaking to the media, Police Commissioner T Suneel Kumar said, "We have set up 20 checkpoints along the city's border. For every 15 polling stations, one police patrolling vehicle will be assigned," Kumar said.

"We have 18,000 policemen in our department to ensure that the election will be held without any issues," Kumar added.

"For violating the election code of conduct, two cases have been booked against the Congress and one against the BJP," Kumar explained.

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