9,736 trained polling personnel to be on duty for local body elections in Tirunelveli district today
A total of 10,42,573 voters are expected to exercise their franchise in the first phase of civic polls to be held on Monday amid tight security to elect 2,438 positions in the rural and urban local bodies.
The voters, during the polling to be held between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. in 1,781 polling stations, will elect 12 district panchayat councillors, 120 panchayat union ward members, 199 village panchayat presidents, 1,695 village panchayat ward members, a Mayor, 55 corporation councillors, two municipal chairpersons (for Ambasamudram and Vickramasingapuram), 42 municipal councillors, 18 town panchayat chairpersons and 294 town panchayat ward members.
A total of 9,736 trained polling personnel have been drafted and asked to be in their respective booths by Sunday afternoon itself. Mock polling will be conducted at 6.30 a.m. in the booths where electronic voting machines are used.
Polling materials were transported to the polling stations with tight security. Mobile police patrol teams are moving across the district since Sunday morning. Armed police personnel have been deployed in the polling stations. Vehicles are being checked to prevent illegal transportation of cash and liquor to lure voters.
All arrangements were in place for the conduct of local body polls in Tuticorin, said Collector and District Election Officer, Ashish Kumar.
Amid tight security, polling materials were dispatched to various polling booths.
As many as 1,276 booths had been set up in the district and 9,072 polling personnel, including 6,497 staff for rural and 2,575 for urban local bodies, deputed for the exercise.
Besides, 200 micro-observers would oversee poll proceedings at vulnerable areas. Surveillance would be increased at booths identified as sensitive to ensure free and fair polling.
Four hundred booths at 200 locations had been identified as sensitive.
A total of 5,363 candidates are contesting the local body polls in the district.
In the first phase, the candidates will contest for 1,741 posts in the urban and rural local bodies, including the post of Tuticorin Corporation Mayor. Tuticorin district has a total electorate of 6.93 lakh in the first phase.
In Tuticorin Corporation, 12 mayoral candidates and 444 contestants for councillor post for the 60 wards are in the fray. A total of 2,32,309 voters — 1,16,610 men and 1,15,699 women —are residing in the Corporation limits.
In Kayalpattinam II Grade Municipality, six contestants are contesting for the post of chairman and 86 for councillor posts in 18 wards, with an electorate of 28,314 — 13, 684 men and 14, 630 women.
In the town panchayats, 13 contestants are in the fray for 13 chairmen posts, and 891 candidates for 207 ward member posts. There are 1,19,227 voters in the town panchayats.
In the first phase, 46 contestants for eight district panchayat ward member posts from seven panchayat unions are contesting.
Besides, 487 contestants for 88 panchayat union ward member posts are in the fray. And 673 contestants for 164 village panchayat president posts and 2,718 candidates for 1,181 village panchayat ward member posts are contesting. These seven panchayat unions have 3,13,159 voters — 1,52,886 men and 1,60,273 women.
About 2,000 personnel have been deployed by the police in the 1,011 polling booths in Kanyakumari district to ensure peaceful conduct of the first phase of local body elections to be held on Monday.
According to a press release from Collector S. Madumathi, 1,400 police personnel from Kanyakumari district, 74 from Kerala Special Armed Police Force, 210 ex-servicemen, 214 from Home Guards, 55 NCC cadets, 22 retired police personnel, 30 from Fire and Rescue Services Department and five from the Forest Department would be on duty at the polling booths.
All the polling materials had been sent to the booths through 84 patrolling vehicles. Striking Force personnel in 55 vehicles would also be pressed into service.
Booth slips had been distributed to 90 percent of the voters and those who did not get them could obtain them from the officials on duty at the booths, the Collector added.