As many as 43,351 new voters will exercise their franchise in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections for the first time in Ballari parliamentary constituency. The constituency has a 17,51,911 voters – 8,71,191 men, 8,80,488 women and 232 others.
Hagari Bommahanlli has the highest number of new voters (6,406) taking the total electorate in that Assembly segment to 2,24824, followed by Kudligi 6,028 (2,02,113), Kampli 6,026 (2,18,013), Sandur 5,746 (2,18,813), Vijayanagar 5,488 (2,36,154), Ballari (city) 5,572 (2,42,704), Ballari (ST) 5,301 (2,24,011) and Hadagali 3,382 (1,85,279) in that order.
On the poll arrangements being made Ramprasath Manohar, Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer, said that women outnumber men in the constituency by 9,297. He said that poll personnel drafted have undergone training twice and the third and final one would be given on Wednesday.
The process of verifying the electronic voting machines (EVMs) and the Voter-verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) had been completed. As a precautionary measure, additional VVPAT equipment had been requisitioned and verification would be taken up immediately on arrival. Mr. Ramprasath said that voters’ carrying anyone identity card to the polling booth was a must.
The EPIC card or any other eleven ID proofs, including driving license, passport, MGNREGA job card, PAN Card, bank passbook with photo, official identity cards issued by organisations, among other things were okay.
“We will be distributing voters’ slips, which will help the voter know his polling booth and serial number. But carrying the slip is not enough. Voters should carry any one of the eleven identity cards as identity proof,” he added. As on Tuesday, a total of Rs. 16.44 lakh was seized by squads while Rs. 1.59 lakh was seized by the police. Liquor to the tune of 33,841 liters, valued at Rs. 1.95 crores had also been seized.
The Excise and Police departments had registered 712 and 148 cases respectively. The special squad had lodged 13 cases for violation of Model Code of Conduct, he said.
Lakshman Nimbargi, Superintendent of Police, said that around 900 armed personnel, including Central Armed Police Force and Karnataka State Reserve Police, in addition to around 4,182 police personnel had been deployed for poll duty in the district.
Around 2,547 persons, including rowdies, goondas, criminal intimidators, and pre-poll offenders were rounded up and bonds were taken from them to maintain good behavior during polls. In addition, inquiry against 42 cases of extermination against as many habitual offenders was underway and orders were expected.
- Nitish, CEO and chairman of Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP), explained the various programs organised to increase polling percentage.