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  • K’taka polls: Polling time extended by 1 hr due to heat

    Published on May 4, 2013

    karpollKarnataka is all set for the assembly polls tomorrow with extended polling time and tight security. Chief Electoral Officer in Karnataka Anil Kumar Jha said polling will begin at 7 AM and will continue till 6 PM and not 5 PM and the time has been extended due to scorching heat prevailing in the State. Over four crore 36 lakh voters will exercise their franchise to decide the winners among 2940 candidates in 223 constituencies. The election to the remaining one constituency in periyapattana was contermanded due to the death of BJP candidate. Polling in this constituency will be held on May 28.

    About 1.35 lakh security personnel are being deployed to ensure free and fair election. Over 9 thousand 900 polling booths have been identified as hyper sensitive 14 thousand 200 as sensitive. There are also 149 booths in naxal prone areas, where extra protection will be given. As a precautionary measure, over 85,300 licensed guns have been deposited with the police stations.

    Polling booth officials will mark the left hand ring finger of voters with indelible ink instead of left hand index finger as the voters who had taken part in the Urban Local body election have ink mark still on their index fingers.Karnataka is the only state in the country which manufactures indelible ink used during the election at Mysore Lac paints.

    About 8,575 polling staff in the Dakshina Kannada district were provided with election related material including Electronic Voting Machine (EVMs) today as the district goes to polls tomorrow. A total of 1,715 EVMs were distributed to each of the 1,715 polling stations in the district having 8 Assembly Constituencies.

    An additional 172 EVMs have been kept as standby in case of any technical glitch arises. Up to 1,000 votes were cast as part of the mock voting exercise and all machines are found to be in perfect condition. Police personnel have also been deployed for election duty in all booths. Additional personnel have been deployed in naxal affected areas and those polling booths which need greater scrutiny and protection. Services of Central Para Military Forces (CPMF) are also being utilized across the district.

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