The district administration has identified 37,904 persons as absentee voters in order to prevent bogus voting.

The list includes those who have relocated from the place mentioned in the electoral roll, and those reported dead and also those whose names are to be deleted from the electoral roll.

But the district administration has assured that the absentee voters turning up for voting would be allowed to exercise their franchile albeit after verification. “The presiding officer will check his or her identity and see whether it matches with that given in the electoral roll… then allow if he/she is satisfied. We just want to prevent bogus voting,” Mr. Gupta said.

Political parties had complained in the past about people coming neighbouring Kerala to exercise votes in Mangalore. There was a protest when some nursing students from Kerala staying in a hostel in city turned up to vote during the recently concluded elections to Mangalore City Corporation council.

Of the 37,904 persons in the absentee list, 10,724 are from the Mangalore South Assembly constituency. As many as 4259 persons are from Beltangady, followed by 5255 persons from Moodbidri, 4775 from Mangalore North, 4959 from Mangalore, 3195 from Bantwal, 1981 from Puttur and 2756 from Sullia Assembly constituency.

An official designated as Sector Magistrate, who moves around different polling stations and Presiding Officer of the polling stations have been asked to make a note of persons with EPIC (electoral photo identity card) and those in the absentee list who have tendered votes on May 5.

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