The district administration has made all preparations to facilitate smooth conducting of voting in the Dharwad parliamentary constituency on Tuesday, Deputy Commissioner and District Returning Officer M. Deepa has said.
Addressing presspersons here on Sunday, Ms. Deepa said that a total of 19 candidates — three from national political parties, six from registered political parties and 10 Independents — are in the fray. There will also be NOTA [None of the Above] option in EVMs for voters to choose. A total of 1,872 polling stations have been set up, she said.
The total number of eligible voters in the constituency stands at 17,25,335, including 8,75,479 male, 8,49,750 female and 106 third gender voters in the constituency. This apart, there are 33,144 new voters (19,549 male and 13,595 female), who would cast their votes for the first time. The number of service voters is 2,105 — 2.051 male and 53 female. They would vote using the Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System, she said.
There are 13,159 voters with disabilities and the administration would provide special facilities to help them take part in voting.
Ms. Deepa said that the public has responded well to the c-Vigil App while reporting incidents of misconduct and poll code violations. A total of 218 cases have been received and disposed of in the district. Among the districts, Dharwad stands second in emergency management of cases received through c-Vigil App. Besides, the district voter’s helpline has received 1,231 calls pertaining to electoral rolls and other such matters, she said.
The office of the Deputy Commissioner has issued orders declaring dry day from 6 p.m. on April 21 to midnight of April 23. This apart, prohibitory order has been issued under Section 144 of Cr.PC to be in force from 6 p.m. on April 21 to 6 p.m. on April 24. The Police Department will deploy a total of 3,334 personnel on polling day, she said.