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Mangaluru Authorities Implement Innovative Measures to Boost Voter Turnout

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The Dakshina Kannada Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) Committee, under the leadership of ZP CEO Anandh K, has decided to introduce selfie booths in apartments to promote voter turnout in urban areas. Anandh K, addressing reporters on Wednesday, highlighted the collaboration with resident welfare associations to encourage people to use the voter helpline app for checking polling stations and other relevant details.

The district has identified 72 polling stations with low voter turnout during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Despite the district’s average polling percentage being 78%, higher than the state average of 68%, 57 polling stations recorded a 20% lower voter turnout compared to the state average. Consequently, a comprehensive plan has been devised to target vulnerable sections, particularly in the urban areas of Mangaluru City South, Mangaluru City North, and Mangaluru assembly constituencies.

Meanwhile, Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner Mullai Muhilan MP announced that the notification of elections in the Dakshina Kannada Lok Sabha constituency will be issued on Thursday, with nomination filing taking place between 11 am and 3 pm until April 4. Only five individuals, including the candidate, will be permitted to enter the returning officer’s chamber for nomination submission, with a facilitation center set up at the DC’s office.

Muhilan emphasized that the district is not an expenditure-sensitive constituency, with assistant expenditure observers and expenditure observers tasked with monitoring candidates’ expenses. Candidates will be provided with an expenditure book to record their incurred expenses. Additionally, he stressed that no election materials can be printed without the name and address of publishers, and separate permission must be obtained for processions prior to nomination paper submission through the single-window system.

Regarding private events, Muhilan clarified that while marriages, birthdays, and other non-political programs do not require permission, violations of the model code of conduct (MCC) will not be tolerated. Surveillance teams will monitor such gatherings to prevent any MCC violations.

The district has recorded 38,386 new voters, including 19,619 men.

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