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Class 1 and class 2 officials to be chosen

They will be appointed in every polling booth

BANGALORE: To ensure fair and peaceful polling in the Lok Sabha elections, the Election Commission has decided to deploy more than 11,500 micro-observers in the jurisdiction of all polling stations.

Officials in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer here said the central government Class 1 and Class 2 officers would be appointed as micro-observers. They would keep an eye on every activity in the State’s 46,050 polling booths in all 28 Lok Sabha constituencies. Generally, micro-observers were appointed only in 25 per cent of the polling booths.

The micro-observers would oversee the proceedings inside the polling booths and report directly to the general observers stationed at the constituency.

However, unlike in the Assembly elections in 2008, the Commission would not appoint separate election expenditure observers to the two-phase Lok Sabha polls in the State. The general observers themselves would monitor the election expenditure of candidates.

Criminal cases

The electoral authorities on Saturday ordered registration of 60 more criminal cases against persons who had submitted bogus applications for enrolment of their names in electoral list in Bellary city segment, which forms part of the Bellary Lok Sabha Constituency, apparently to cast bogus votes.

With this, the authorities have ordered the district administration to book 90 criminal cases in Bellary City.

Chief Electoral Officer M.N. Vidyashankar told presspersons that electoral authorities commenced scrutiny after they received some 51,675 applications for inclusion in voters’ list in the district from March 3, a day after the final voters’ list was published.

It was found that many persons already figured in the electoral rolls, had submitted applications again for inclusion of their names either in the same polling station or the neighbouring ones.

As many as 10 squads had been formed to scrutinise the applications and authorities told to register criminal cases against 60 persons on Saturday, he said.

After initiating action against bogus applicants, the number of applications received for enrolment of voters’ list had declined from 2,000 to 400 on Saturday. Out of 11,000 rejected applications, the authorities scrutinised 3,000 applications and ordered to register criminal cases against 90 people.

Bellary city had received 28,000 applications seeking enrolment in the voters’ list and of them 17,000 disposed of while 11,000 bogus applications had been rejected.

BJP candidate J. Shanti is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Bellary (Reserved) Constituency which has 13.82 lakh voters.