1,318 polling stations to be set up in Dharwad
A total of 1,318 polling stations will be set up in Dharwad district for conducting elections to the Legislative Assembly on May 5.
Addressing presspersons here on Tuesday, Deputy Commissioner Sameer Shukla, who is also the District Election Officer, said 665 polling stations would be set up in urban areas and 653 in rural areas.
Mr. Shukla said as directed by the Chief Electoral Officer, a meeting was held with representatives of all political parties. Based on their demand for auxiliary polling stations in areas where there are a large number of voters, a report had been sent to the Election Commission (SEC) seeking its advice. Once the EC replied, auxiliary polling stations would be set up, he said.
Mr. Shukla said there were 12,71,487 voters: 6,49,958 women and 6,21,529 men, in the district.
He said with the objective of ensuring free and fair elections, several teams had been formed to monitor and coordinate the election process. A video surveillance team comprising Agriculture Department staff and the Child Development Project Officer had been formed to check poll code violations during the election campaign. He said another team of officials of the Horticulture Department and the tahsildar had been formed to monitor political campaigns.
To monitor poll expenditures by candidates, an accounting team and expenditure monitor cell had been formed in each Assembly segment. A media monitoring team headed by the Additional Deputy Commissioner and the Assistant Director of the Information Department had been set up to check for instances of paid news and advertisements released to news channels and newspapers, Mr. Shukla said.
As per the directions of the EC, three flying squads had been constituted in each Assembly segment.
The squads comprised a senior executive magistrate and four armed policemen, he said.
Mr. Shukla said the flying squads would be covering Assembly constituencies to check instances of money, food or liquor being used to lure voters. A videographer would accompany these squads to cover any violation. These officials could seize materials and book cases as well, he said.
In addition, there would be 24 static surveillance teams (11 in rural and 13 in urban areas) comprising a magistrate, commercial tax officials and armed policemen, he said.
Mr. Shukla said all banners and buntings of political leaders and parties in the district had been removed. Candidates had been warned against distributing food or holding cultural programmes during political events. MPs had been barred from allocating funds for development works till the declaration of results.
Mr. Shukla clarified that only emergency drinking water projects that did not fall under poll code violations could be taken up.
The district administration has set up a control room which functions round the clock. People can call on toll free-number 1800-42-52-018 to register election-related complaints.
Several teams have been formed to monitor the election process: Deputy Commissioner People can call 1800-42-52-018 to register election-related complaints
Several teams have been formed to monitor the election process: Deputy Commissioner
People can call 1800-42-52-018 to register election-related complaints