Security tightened at sensitive and hypersensitive booths; EVMs and ballot papers despatched to all stations
All arrangements are in place and officials have braced up for not leaving any wiggle room as the delta districts are going to local body elections in the first phase on Monday. Strict instructions have been handed out to the officials to be present at polling booths and stations as well as law enforcers to remain alert and ensure that guidelines are adhered to while discharging their duties.
Elections are to be conducted for the chairpersons of Thanjavur and Kumbakonam municipalities, various local body representative posts in seven panchayat unions and 15 town panchayats. While electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be used for municipalities and town panchayats, ballot papers will be used for the rest. Yellow colour ballot paper will be given for election to district panchayat council ward member, green ballot paper for panchayat union ward member, light red for panchayat presidents, and white for panchayat ward members.
Six candidates including those from the DMK, AIADMK, DMDK and the Congress are contesting for municipal chairpersons in Thanjavur while in Kumbakonam the number is seven. There are 51 wards in Thanjavur municipality and 148 polling booths have been set up. About 296 EVMs will be used while 148 have been kept as reserve. Similarly, 92 booths have been established in Kumbakonam that has 45 wards. As many as 262 persons are vying for wards. One hundred and eighty four EVMs will be used and 92 have been kept as reserve.
There are 1,45,489 voters in Thanjavur municipality - 71,583 men and 73,886 women – while 86,019 voters are in Kumbakonam - 42,629 men and 43,390 women.
Two municipalities - Koothanallur and Mannargudi -, five panchayat unions and five town panchayats in the district will go to polls.
The 355 booths set up have been divided into 107 clusters and declared sensitive. Each cluster will be monitored by a micro observer. At the final training for micro observers, election observer Sudheep Jain said the micro observers would function in compliance with the directions of the Election Commission and even slightest deviance from the rules should be communicated to the Collector.
Elections are to be held for Nagapattinam of the four municipalities alongside four town panchayats of Kuthalam, Manalmedu, Vaitheeshwarankoil and Tharangambadi, and five panchayat unions of Kollidam, Sirkazhi, Semmanarkoil, Mayiladuthurai and Kuthalam. A total of 5,80,238 voters consisting of 2,85,786 women and 2,94,452 men will exercise their franchise at 1,261 polling booths. Earlier, Collector T.Munusamy and Superintendent of Police G.Ramar inspected the booths at Mayiladuthurai, Semmanarkoil, and counting centres in Nagapattinam.
Both EVMs and ballot papers would come into play according to the classification of locality. Voters will choose Karur municipal chairperson among others as several town panchayats, village panchayats and district panchayat wards will go to polls.
Elections are to be held for Perambalur municipality, three town panchayats and two panchayat unions.
A total of 2,49,891 men, 2,43,800 women, five transgenders and an additional 7,584 voters will exercise their franchise in the distcit on Monday.
During the second phase on Wednesday, 5,18,494 people including 2,53,615 men, 2,59,177 women and 5,702 new voters will cast their votes.
A total of 130 booths in the district have been identified as sensitive.
Ballot papers and EVMs were despatched to the booths. Strict vigil is kept at sensitive and hypersensitive booths.