Trouble-mongers will have to think twice before creating nuisance on polling booth premises during the May 5 Assembly elections in the State as live videos of more than 1,100 booths will be directly monitored by the Election Commission (EC) through webcasting. For the first time in the State elections, the technique will be put to use in five to six booths in each constituency across the State during the elections, Chief Electoral Officer Anil Kumar Jha told presspersons here on Wednesday.

All recordings of webcasting would be monitored in control rooms of each district and at the control room of the CEO’s office here. “We have decided to bring five to six polling booths in each constituency under the ‘webcast’ monitoring process,” the CEO said. Apart from armed police personnel, webcasting, video camera and digital camera recordings will play a crucial role in ensuring free and fair elections in all polling stations in the State. The webcasting was successfully adopted in the Gujarat elections, Mr. Jha said.

Asked about the distribution of Electoral Photo Identity Cards (EPIC), he said arrangements have been made to distribute cards through 59 BangaloreOne and 108 KarnatakaOne centres in the State. Polling officers have been directed to allow eligible citizens to cast their votes even in the case of spelling errors in EPICs.


Authorities have seized Rs. 20.26 lakh cash in Karkala check-post in Udupi district, Rs. 12 lakh in Sirsi, Rs. 3 lakh in Bommanahalli in Bangalore, Rs. 3.98 lakh in Hoskote and Rs. 1.95 lakh in Chitoor. With this, total cash seized crossed Rs. 14 crore, while authorities seized goods worth Rs. 5 crore in different districts, he said. Total liquor seized stands at 65,463 litres worth Rs. 4.56 crore.

  • Technique to be used in five booths in constituencies

  • Recordings to be monitored in control rooms