Staff Reporter

Sitting MLAs of Krishnagiri and Kaveripattinam submit papers

Krishnagiri: On the second day of filing nominations for the forthcoming Assembly elections, four candidates filed their papers before the returning officers at the revenue divisional office and the collectorate here on Saturday. April 20 is the last date for filing of nominations in the State, which is going to the polls on May 8.

Prominent among those who have filed their nominations are the AIADMK nominees and sitting MLAs of Krishnagiri and Kaveripattinam, V. Govindaraj and K.P. Munusamy respectively. The AIADMK candidates chose to file one nomination each and there were two nominations from the dummy candidates. The Bargur MLA, M. Thambidurai, and the district secretary, Ashok Kumar, accompanied the candidates.

Security cover

The party workers, who gathered in large numbers, were prevented at the entrance of the revenue divisional office and the collectorate in adherence to the directive of the Election Commission. An elaborate security cover was thrown in and around the premises. In Krishnagiri, the total number of nominations have gone up to seven, which include two Independents, one belonging to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and two dummy candidates. However, no nominations were filed in Hosur and Dharmapuri.

Polling personnel

A total of 5,470 polling personnel will be deployed for election duty in 1,222 polling booths in Krishnagiri district.

Four staff will be deployed in each booth, said the District Election Officer and Collector, Mangat Ram Sharma, here on Saturday. A total of 219 chief polling officers (CPO) and 657 polling officers (PO) would be deployed in Krishnagiri Assembly segment. The details of polling officials in other Assembly segments is as follows: Bargur: (CPO- 222, PO- 888), Kaveripattinam: (CPO- 205, PO- 615), Hosur: (CPO- 360, PO- 1,080) and Thally: (CPO- 216, PO- 648).

Sensitive booths

The Collector said additional polling officers would be deployed at sensitive polling booths and polling booths that have an electorate of more than 1,200. Identity cards would be given to all polling personnel. Training on EVMs would be conducted for polling officers in the district from April 30 to May 4, he added.