All 1,858 polling booths have communication system: DC

All 1,858 polling booths have communication system: DC

Sasikanth Senthil

All the 1,858 polling booths in Dakshina Kannada district are covered under one or other modes of communication, said Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner Sasikanth Senthil.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, he said 18 polling booths did not have mobile signals.

With the efforts of the district administration, 15 booths have mobile connectivity.

The connectivity in three polling booths has been solved with other modes of communication.

Wherever there is a problem in the mobile signal, the wireless services of the police and forest department will be used. In a few polling booths, the signal is available outside the polling booth.

According to guidelines, the ongoing campaigning in all Assembly constituencies would come to an end 48 hours prior to the polling date.

Subsequently, all the political leaders, functionaries or party workers who are not the registered voters will have to vacate the constituency within this period.

Door-to-door-campaign by a small group is allowed after May 10.

Transportation facilities

Further, he said the district administration has mapped all 60 places where voters have sought transportation facility to reach the polling booths.

The KSRTC has been asked to look into how the transportation facilities can be arranged. The buses will have two trips to take the voters to the polling booths. There will be a stop on request by the people.

The DC said that the district administration has received 7,928 applications so far for the postal ballot.

All the polling staff including District Electoral Officer, police personnel, and even the vehicle drivers have been included in the postal ballot to exercise their franchise.

The last date for exercising franchise through ballot paper is May 11, he said.

Further, he said all the critical booths will have Central paramilitary personnel/ webcasting/ videography/ micro observers.

The DC said that under Samadhan app, the district has received 216 complaints, of which 205 complaints have been addressed.

He said the remaining 11 complaints are at various stages and a total of 213 FIRs have been filed.

Though the officials have seized Rs 15,89,500, a sum of Rs 12,89,500 has been verified by cash seizure redressal committee and released to the respective persons.

In addition, 31,763.605 litres of liquor has been seized.