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Collector seeks cooperation for smooth conduct of polls

Staff Reporter
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The stage is set for the first phase of election in the eastern region of the district.

A total of six panchayat unions, four municipalities and two town panchayats will go for poll.

Polling will begin at 7 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. All those standing in the queues in polling booths at 5 p.m. would be given tokens and allowed to cast their vote.

While electronic voting machines would be used in the urban local bodies, ballot papers would be used for the rural areas.

Mock poll on EVMs would be conducted before 7 a.m. in the presence of the polling agents.

A total of 6,83,161 voters will exercise their franchise in the first phase in 1,451 polling stations. Among them, 331 booths have been identified as sensitive ones.

“These booths would have either a micro-observer or a videographer,” the Collector, M. Balaji, said. Employees of Central Government offices have been appointed as micro-observers.

A total of 16,721 polling personnel would be deployed for election duty for the first and second phases.

Some of them would be involved on both days.

The polling personnel, who are involved in the first phase of poll duty, were given appointment orders on Sunday after their third and final training session.

Similarly, those who are on duty on both the days were also given appointment orders for both the days on Sunday.

Special buses were operated to polling areas for deploying the officials. Mr. Balaji said that polling materials were being moved with the assistance of police parties to the booths.

Stating that all security measures had been taken for the conduct of free and fair poll, the Collector appealed to the voters to come out without fear to cast their votes. He asked the political parties and officials to cooperate for the smooth conduct of the election.

Mr. Balaji said that those who wished not to vote for any of the candidates could fill up the relevant form available with the Presiding Officer and leave the booth without voting.

The Superintendent of Police, Najmul Hoda, said that 1,700 police personnel, including one company of Kerala police, were involved in the election work.

Besides, around 500 personnel, including ex-service men, Home Guard and National Cadet Corps were deployed.

Mobile parties and striking forces would patrol the district to prevent mischief mongers, he added.

People can make poll-related complaints to the Observer, A. Mohammed Aslam, over 94870-02666. The toll-free number given is 1800-425-7069.

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