Nineteen check-posts have been set up across the city to intercept vehicles carrying cash, liquor and other inducements to buy votes. The District Election Officer (DEO), responsible for monitoring the election process in 28 Assembly constituencies coming under Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), has also constituted special squads and surveillance teams for this purpose.
Speaking to presspersons ere on Wednesday, DEO and BBMP Commissioner Siddaiah said the teams will have representatives from the Excise, Income Tax and Intelligence Departments. “We will increase the number of check-posts if need be,” he said.
Several such measures have been taken to ensure free and fair polls. He said around 6,000 unauthorised banners, hoardings, buntings and flexes have been removed after the code of conduct came into effect. “We will also be masking the names of councillors and MLAs on road signs with stickers. These stickers will carry messages encouraging voters to exercise their franchise.”
Of the 7,500 polling stations in 28 Assembly constituencies, 400 have been classified as sensitive, hypersensitive and vulnerable. Around 31,000 personnel were required to man them. “A total of 45,000 personnel from various State and Central government departments will be drawn for election duty, of whom 10 per cent will be on reserve and 20 per cent will be buffer staff.”
Revision of rolls
The electoral population ratio has increased from 55 to 65 per cent. This was achieved after the revision of the voters’ list. Till December 10, 2012, there were 57 lakh voters. At the time of summary revision on January 28, 2013, the number increased to 64.42 lakh. “As on date (April 3), there are 66.87 lakh voters in the city. Efforts have made to remove bogus names and clean up the list,” said Additional District Election Officer R. Vishal. Citizens may still enrol their names till April 7.
Voter ID slips
Voters will have to produce voter identity slips at the time of elections. These will be distributed 10 days prior to that by the poll staff who will deliver them door-to-door.