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District administration gears up for ZP, TP polls

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Mangaluru: A checklist of all the details pertaining to upcoming Zilla and Taluk Panchayat elections in the district, including the arrangements in polling booths will be handed over to political parties on February 1, district Additional Deputy Commissioner Kumar informed on Sunday January 24.

Checklists in this regard having been issued to all the tahsildars in the district, Kumar directed them to hand over the lists back to the Commissioner’s office by January 31.

The tahsildars have already been asked to visit the voting booths with the Returning Officers and local police. Minor repairs in the booths will be fixed by the respective Panchayats while booths that need major attention will be brought to the notice of the DC.

Regarding police deployment, SP Sharanappa informed that based on the sensitivity, the district has been classified into five zones. He said that though a comprehensive arrangement has been made at the district level, certain measures are still to be chalked out at the commissionerate limits adding that the issue will be sorted out by the end of this month.

DC AB Ibrahim informed that as poll code conduct is in place, organizers of programmes will have to seek prior permission from the respective Returning Officer. Meanwhile, the local police are eligible to issue permissions to programmes that hold no political connections.
Putting up of banners, hoardings or any sort of outdoor advertisements also need to have permission. Sharanappa said that permission should be sought atleast three days prior to the programme adding that last minute entries will not be entertained.

Arms to be deposited at local police stations

ADC Kumar informed that the Election Commission will issue a notice to surrender arms in the next two days. As per the notification, all arms and licenses need to be deposited at the respective police stations within the given deadline.

The DC ordered tahsildars not to issue any new licenses to procurement of arms for the time being. However, emergency applications have been asked to be forwarded to the DC’s office via the respective tahsildars.

Complete ban on sand mining and movement

DC Ibrahim informed that the sand miners’ associations have given an undertaking that no sand will be mined or moved until the next orders are issued. In this wake, he directed the tahsildars to ensure zero sand mining and movement. Static checkposts built have also been directed to keep strict vigilance in this regard.

Polling will be held in 193 booths in Puttur, 112 in Sullia, 342 in Mangaluru Rural and 572 booths in Mangaluru Urban on February 20.

 

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