Political parties in the process of finalising candidates

With just around two weeks left for the elections to urban local bodies (ULBs), poll fever is yet to catch on in Mysore district as political parties are busy finalising candidates.

However, the administrative machinery is busy making arrangements for a smooth conduct of elections on March 7.

As on Wednesday, the total number of nominations filed for the election to Mysore City Corporation (MCC) is 14. The total number of nominations, including the MCC, town municipal councils (TMCs) and town pachayats (TPs), is 24.

Deputy Commissioner K.S. Rame Gowda told presspersons here on Thursday that 30 returning officers and 30 assistant returning officers had been appointed to oversee polls in 204 wards, including 65 wards of MCC. The officers were trained on February 14.

Thirteen returning officers and 13 assistant returning officers would be available for monitoring elections in Mysore city.

The Deputy Commissioner said 663 polling booths had been established for the polls to the MCC. In total, 810 polling booths, including 14 auxiliary booths for the MCC, had been established.

The polling booths in the district include 35 booths for Nanjangud TMC; 23 for Bannur TMC; 27 for Hunsur TMC; 23 for K.R. Nagar TMC; 11 for T. Narsipur town panchayat, 15 for Periyapatna town panchayat 15 and 13 for H.D. Kote town panchayat.

Auxiliary booths had been set up in places where the number of voters exceed 1,400 because of revision of voters’ list, a press release said.

The voters’ list can be obtained from the office of the commissioner of MCC, and the offices of tahsildars of Nanjangud, T.Narsipur, Hunsur, K.R. Nagar, Periyapatna and H.D. Kote.

Mr. Gowda said steps had been taken to appoint an election officer and three polling officers for each booth, and they would undergo training in two stages.

Meanwhile, Naveen Raj, commissioner, Social Welfare, has been appointed election observer for the elections to MCC.

Likewise, H.T. Chandrashekar, chief executive officer, Karnataka Exhibition Authority, Mysore, is the observer for Nanjangud TMC, Bannur TMC and T. Narsipur town panchayat and M. Omkarmurthy, Special Deputy Commissioner, Bangalore Urban district, is the observer for Hunsur and K.R. Nagar TMCs and H.D. Kote and Periyapatna town panchayats. They will start functioning from February 23 until the declaration of election results.

As the electronic voting machines are being used for the first time in ULB polls, the State Election Commission has sent EVMs as required for the elections in Mysore district.

The ballot units and control units had been verified by the representatives from BEL, the release said.

For further information on ULB polls in the district, contact 0821-2418860 (Mysore), 08221-223108 (Nanjangud), 08227-260210 (T. Narsipur), 08222-252040 (Hunsur), 08223-262371 (K.R. Nagar), 08223-273175 (Periyapatna), and 08228-255325 (H.D. Kote ).