Stage set for polling in Mysore

Special Correspondent

Campaigning for first phase of elections ends

Leaders of political parties from other regions told to leave Mysore

300 anti-social elements taken into custody

MYSORE: Campaigning for elections in the first phase to be held on May 10 ended on Thursday and leaders of various political parties from other regions were directed to leave the district.

On Friday, 11,000 staff roped in for poll-related duties will be sent from Mysore to their respective polling booths across the district and 273 KSRTC buses have been deployed for the purpose. In addition, 22 special buses have been arranged to transport micro-observers who will monitor the situation in the polling booths and ascertain if the election process is being held as per the norms.

Meanwhile, district election officer P. Manivannan has issued legal notice to mobile service providers for violating the model code of conduct by sending SMS in bulk to customers seeking votes.

On the basis of a complaint received by an individual, the district administration sent a legal notice to Airtel for sending SMS which sought vote for a particular political party. The authorities have stepped up their vigil in the run-up to the elections and have seized a car and recovered saris meant for distribution in N.R. constituency. The police stopped the vehicle but the driver abandoned the car and fled the scene. Investigations are on to ascertain the origin of Rs. 1.20 lakh in cash which was seized in Ashokapuram limits on Wednesday night that was meant for distribution in Krishnaraja constituency.

As many as 300 anti-social elements have been taken into custody. In order to regulate the crowd, the district administration will telecast live counting and announcement of results on May 25. Hence, arrangements are being made with BSNL and giant screens will be installed at taluk headquarters.

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