Public campaigning ends, voting tomorrow

District Election Officer and Deputy Commissioner Annies Kanmani Joy briefs reporters at her office in Madikeri on Tuesday. Additional Deputy Commissioner P Shivaraju, Superintendent of Police Dr Suman D Pennekar and ZP CEO K Laksmi Priya look on.

District administration has made all preparations to conduct free and fair elections on April 18. Public campaigning ended on Tuesday, said District Election Officer and Deputy Commissioner Annies Kanmani Joy.

Briefing reporters at her office in Madikeri on Tuesday, she said that there are 4,40,730 voters in the district and 543 polling booths have been set up for the voting process.

The mustering and demustering of Madikeri Legislative Assembly will be held at St Joseph Convent and those of the Virajpet Assembly will be held at the Government Junior College in Virajpet, she said.

All types of public campaigning have ended at 6 pm on Tuesday. Inspection will be carried out on the stay of outside people in lodges, marriage halls, community halls and so on.

The deputy commissioner further said that the voting will be held from 7 am to 6 pm on April 18. Mobile phones and cameras are not allowed inside the polling booths. The candidates of political parties can set up their booths at a minimum distance of 200 meters away from the polling booth. No posters or banners can be put up within 100 metres of distance from the polling booth.

The slip provided to the voters should be white in colour and can contain the details of the division number, serial number and name of the voter only. No party symbols or photographs of candidates can be printed on the voter slip provided by the political parties, she added.

She further stated that Rs 1,98,260 in cash and liquor worth Rs 83 lakh has been seized till date from the announcement of the election. 

Security arrangements

Superintendent of Police Dr Suman D Pennekar said that necessary security arrangements have been made to make the election process smoother. Three DySPs, 36 police inspectors, 1,200 police staff, 500 home guards, BSF, DAR and KSRP personnel will be deployed on the polling day.

In addition, Cheeta mobile squads will also be deployed. A total of 49 sector police officials will be at work. Tight vigil is observed at the interstate borders and check-posts, the SP said.

Zilla Panchayat CEO K Lakshmi Priya, Additional Deputy Commissioner P Shivaraju and excise officer Veeranna were present in the press meet.

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