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Council polls: No EVMs, no party symbol! Only ballot papers

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Bengaluru: Following the preferential voting system of the Election Commission of India, this time there will be no usage of EVMs in the crucial Legislative Assembly polls to be held on December 27 in the state for filling 25 MLC seats.

The ECI has instructed that age old printed ballot papers comprising photographs of candidates be used instead of party symbols so as to help the electorate in identifying candidates and make their choice easily.

For the first time, the electorate would also be given an opportunity to cast NOTA votes.

Officials said that illiterate voters, casting their vote to the respective local bodies, would be allowed to take the help of an assistant of their choice to cast their votes, wherein the voter would have to mark his preference in a numerical order.

The voting for the local bodies will be held in gram panchayats, taluk and ZP panchayats, city corporations, city municipal corporations, town municipal corporations, and town panchayats.

Over 1,08,454 voters will be casting their votes to elect 25 MLCs in 6516 polling stations of the state.

The last date for filing objections was December 3 and the final notification of the voters list with omission and addition, if any, will be released on December 9.

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