District Election Officer and Collector Shashi Bhushan Kumar on Tuesday inspected the strongroom in the Government Junior College for Girls in Jammalamadugu, in which electronic voting machines were stored.

Stating that nearly 12,000 polling personnel had been drafted for election duties and adequate security arrangements were being made to ensure free and fair polling on May 8, he exhorted the voters to exercise their franchise without fear.

Ex-gratia

The government has announced an ex-gratia of 20 months salary not exceeding Rs. 5 lakhs to the kin of polling personnel if they lost their life accidentally due to heart attack, sun-stroke or sudden indisposition while discharging election duties, Mr. Shashi Bhushan Kumar said in a statement.

If a polling personnel died in terrorist violence, landmine explosion and or in attack with lethal weapons, their kin would be paid 40 months salary not exceeding Rs. 10 lakh.

In case of permanent incapacitation due to such incidents, they would be paid a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh, the Collector said.

A compensation of Rs. 1.50 lakh would be paid if any polling personnel lost one eye or any other organ and Rs. 2.50 lakh for permanent incapacitation and handicap, he said.

The government orders were in force from March 2, 2009, the Collector said.

Videography

The District Election Officer directed Rajiv Vidya Mission Project Officer Suryanarayana Reddy and Tahsildar Subbanarasaiah to watch the videography handed over by shadow parties of contestants and forward a report to him.

The reports would be sent to the model code of conduct and election expenditure wings, he added.