District Collector V. Amuthavalli has warned of stringent action against those who take away the ballot papers given to them from the polling stations.
In a statement issued here the Collector stated that in the villages every voter would have to cast four votes for panchayat ward member, panchayat president, panchayat union ward member and district panchayat ward member.
Hence, each voter would be given four ballot papers to be marked (against the choice) and cast in the ballot boxes. None of them should carry with them any un-polled ballot papers because it was an offence.
All security arrangements had been made for the peaceful conduct of the polls. Micro observers would take a close look at the sensitive and hyper sensitive booths. The proceedings in such polling stations would also be video recorded.
Therefore, the voters can exercise their franchise without any fear.
If there are any poll related complaints these could be conveyed to the Collector on cell phone number – 94441 39000; Election Observer – 94897 00399; election cell in the Collectorate – 04142—293773/295773; or toll free number 1800 425 7019.
District Collector C.T. Manimekalai in a statement noted that in the first phase of elections 21,819 polling officials had been engaged and all of them, along with the security personnel, had taken position at the respective booths allotted to them.
Electronic voting machines for the urban areas and ballot boxes for the rural areas, along with the 72 articles, including stationary, prescribed by the State Election Commission had been dispatched to the polling stations. She called upon the electorate in those constituencies that go to the polls on Monday to cast their votes without fail.