Special Correspondent

COIMBATORE: The district administration held a meeting with representatives of political parties here on Monday to discuss the preparations for the local body elections scheduled for October.

Distance to polling booths, interchanging of some streets, clear demarcation of ward boundaries were among the issues raised by the parties at the meeting convened by the District Collector, Neeraj Mittal. The Sub-Collector of Pollachi, Vijay Pingle, also took part.

The Collector told presspersons after the meeting that the district had 33.20 lakh voters. Of these, 16.66 lakh voters were men and 16.54 were women. There were 12.79 lakh voters in the rural areas.

The number of booths in the urban areas was 2,479 and 2,343 in the rural areas. Each rural booth would have 350 to 800 voters and the urban booth would have 900 to 1,200.

The final list of electoral rolls, based on the one prepared for the Assembly elections, would be released on August 31.

The Block Development Officers had visited nearly 60 booths so far and they had not discovered any problems. As for sensitive booths, 79 had been identified so far. But, the process would go on based on the history of the booths.

Each rural voter would have to cast four votes (with colour of ballot paper in brackets) for the following posts: Village Panchayat ward member (white), Village Panchayat president (rose), Panchayat Union chairman (light green) and District Panchayat ward member (yellow).

When asked whether the duration of polling would be increased as each rural voter had to cast four votes, the Collector said this could be brought to the notice of the State Election Commission.

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