App to alert voters about rush at polling booths: Udupi DC

App to alert voters about rush at polling booths: Udupi DC

Deputy Commissioner Priyanka Mary Francis has said that all the polling arrangements have been done and the required facilities ensured to the voters in as many as 1,103 polling booths across the district.

Speaking to reporters here on Thursday, the DC said that campaigning came to an end at 6 pm on Thursday. Any advertisements that need to be carried should be permitted by district Electoral Committee. She added that the voters in the urban areas are facilitated with the App from the Election Commission which would make the voters aware about the queue at the respective polling booths. The volunteers would be regularly updated about the condition and length of the queue. As many as 555 polling booths will offer wheelchairs and 328 have magnifying glasses for the visually impaired. As many as 274 micro observers have been deployed for the service. Prohibitory orders for liquor is in place from 6 pm on Thursday to 8 pm on Saturday. Dry days are also clamped for the counting day. The prohibitory order would be in place from 6 pm on May 14 to 12 pm on May 15 respectively. She said the people who were engaged in the campaigning in the district should leave the place by 6 pm on Thursday.

The token system would also be experimented at Kundapur Assembly constituency.

The polling staff has been given first aid kits which have medicines for vomiting, dysentery, dehydration and bandage and painkillers. The polling staff, including the security personnel, are ensured food under Akshara Dasoha.

CRPC Section 144 will be clamped from 6 pm on Thursday to 6 pm on May 13. Not more than five members are allowed to assemble. As many as 6,342 polling staffs are on duty.

The officer said that as many as 1,400 postal ballots are received. The mustering and de-mustering centres include St Cecily College, Udupi; Bhandarkars College, Kundapur; and Manjunath Pai College, Karkala respectively. T A Pai English Medium School in Udupi would be the counting centre on May 15.

Webcasting has been done at 132 polling booths, while in Kundapur, a letter is written to EC for approving the indelible ink on the right hand as recently some gram panchayats in the Assembly constituency have undergone by-elections.

There are 303 service routes and the same number of KSRTC buses are pressed into service for carrying the polling staff to mustering and de-mustering centres.

There are 154 service voters, she added.