‘Cards have been issued to 97 per cent of the voters in the district’
Some 3,422 polling stations will be set up across the district
Observers will watch activities of political parties
VIJAYAWADA: Krishna district Collector and Election Officer N. Sridhar said on Wednesday that the issuing of photo identity cards to voters would be completed by March 15.
Briefing reporters about the arrangements being made for conducting the general elections to Lok Sabha and Assembly on April 23, Mr. Sridhar said that out of the 29.8 lakh voters in the district, photo identity cards had already issued to 16 lakh voters. The hologram of the Election Commission was being put on the remaining cards.
Mr. Sridhar said that the cards were being issued to 97 per cent of the voters in the district, as against an average of 92 per cent at the State-level. Official vehicles have been withdrawn to elected representatives in the district and all government employees asked not to participate in any meeting convened by the elected representatives or any public meeting. “We have stopped distributing ration cards and conducting medical camps under Rajiv Arogyasri. Patients can, however, avail themselves of the treatment in hospitals by using the health cards,” he said.
Mr. Sridhar disclosed that 3,422 polling stations will be set up across the district, for which 8,000 electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be required. For each polling station, a presiding officer and five assisting staff would be deputed to conduct the election.
“We have to prepare a security plan by identifying sensitive and hypersensitive polling stations. We will identify such booths based on the voting pattern in the last elections. The Election Commission has decided to video record all the voters at sensitive and hypersensitive polling stations by deputing videographers,” he pointed out. As many as 700 polling stations have been identified in the district as hypersensitive in the last elections.
Cautioning political parties against breach of model code of conduct, Mr. Sridhar said there would be a close watch on the activities of all political parties and the observers would estimate the election expenditure. Even for filing of nominations, only five persons, including the candidate concerned, would be allowed. In the election campaigning, more than three vehicles would not be allowed in a convoy. However, a concession has been made for “star campaigners” identified by the Election Commission.
Mr. Sridhar said he would conduct meetings with the representatives of all political parties till the elections to review the situation.