Staff Reporter

For local body elections in Dindigul district, says Collector

DINDIGUL: Approximately 18 polling stations in addition to the existing polling stations would be set up for the forthcoming local body elections in the district. With this addition of new polling stations, total number of polling stations to be set up in the district would be 1,995, said the Collector, R. Vasuki.

Addressing an all-party meeting convened at the Collectorate here on Monday to discuss on draft list of polling stations in the district, she said total polling stations for 2001 election was 1939 of which two polling stations were removed due to poor strength of voters.

Representatives from political parties demanded that district election office to set up a polling station Govindapuram panchayat as voters had to trek up to Valayapatti village, 3 km away from Govindapuram to exercise their franchise.

Similarly, voters in Vilpatti, Vada Kavunji, Kookal and Gundupatti villages, mostly situated on the upper hills of Kodaikanal had to trek at least 15 km to 20 km to cast their votes. Setting up of polling booths would be very useful to voters and save considerable time. Such exercise would also ensure massive polling, they said.

Party men also urged the Collector to set up a polling station in Guruvanvalasu in Thoppampatti union.

Responding to their plea, Ms. Vasuki advised them to give their request in writing to enable the election office to proceed further.

The panchayat union commissioners concerned should assess the situation and submit a report to the election office for immediate action, she said and added that the final list of polling stations would be released on August 14.