Madurai

Stage set for second phase of polling

Collector K. Veera Raghava Rao inspecting despatch of polling materials to Mudukulathur on Sunday.

Collector K. Veera Raghava Rao inspecting despatch of polling materials to Mudukulathur on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: handout_e_mail

All arrangements were in place for the second and final phase of polling in the elections to rural local bodies in the two districts on Monday,

Ramanathapuram Collector and District Election Officer K. Veera Raghava Rao said all polling materials, including ballot papers and ballot boxes have been dispatched to the polling stations and the polling staff have been asked to reach their respective polling stations by Sunday evening.

After checking the list of polling materials to be dispatched to the polling stations on Saturday, Mr Rao visited the polling stations in Mudukulathur, Kadaladi, Kamuthi and Paramakudi unions on Sunday. “All arrangements are in place for commencement of polling at 7 a.m. on Monday,” he said.

The polling materials have been dispatched through Mobile Zonal Teams amid tight security. Enhanced security has been posted at 263 polling stations, which were classified as sensitive, he said.

In the first phase of polling, rural local bodies in five Unions in the district were covered on December 27.

Virudhunagar

With the first phase of polling for five panchayat unions getting over smoothly on Friday, Virudhunagar district administration is geared up for the conduct of the second phase of election for rural local bodies on Monday.

Six panchayat unions — Aruppukottai, Virudhunagar, Kariyapatti, Tiruchuli, Narikudi and Sattur — would go to polls on Monday in which 4,88,863 voters were scheduled to cast their votes for the election for 10 posts of district panchayat ward member, 97 panchayat union ward members, 242 panchayat presidents and 1,155 panchayat ward members.

Already 663 posts of pachayat ward member and 14 panchayat president have been elected unopposed.

A total of 2.39 lakh men, 2.49 lakh women and 31 others would cast their votes to decide the political destiny of 4,397 candidates in fray for 1,504 posts.

According to election officials, 9,171 polling personnel along with polling materials have reached the 1,114 polling stations. Among them 207 polling stations identified as sensitive and hyper-sensitive, the officials have installed web cameras in 77 polling booths, appointment micro-observers in 64 booths and arranged for videographying in 66 booths.

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