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They will receive complaints of irregularities

1,115 polling booths to be set up in

the district

MANGALORE: The district administration has appointed five nodal officers to receive complaints of irregularities in the run-up to the gram panchayat elections.

According to a press release, the nodal officers are Prabhuling Kavalikatti, Assistant Commissioner (Mangalore) for Mangalore taluk (9036228505); P.G. Ramesh, Commissioner of Mangalore Urban Development Authority for Bantwal taluk (9448055553); K.T. Kaveriappa, Forest Officer for Belthangady taluk (9448421965); K. Harish Kumar, Assistant Commissioner, Puttur, for Puttur taluk (9448549197); and B. Sadashiva Prabhu, Special Land Acquisition Officer, Mangalore City Corporation, (9448169434) for Sullia taluk.

Polling officers

In accordance with the guidelines of the State Election Commission, an election officer has been appointed for every gram panchayat and 208 assistant election officers have been appointed to ensure smooth conduct of the elections, the release said.

Over 8.9 lakh people will exercise their franchise in more than 1,000 polling booths on May 12 in the elections to the gram panchayats in Dakshina Kannada.

Of the 1,115 polling booths, the district administration has identified 252 booths as sensitive and 176 as highly sensitive.

Of the 3,208 gram panchayat seats in the district, 292 are reserved for the Scheduled Castes (204 for women), 230 for the Scheduled Tribes (203 for women), 850 for Other Backward Classes A (377 for women), 215 Other Backward Classes B (45 for women), and 1,621 for the general category (605 for women).

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