Final electoral roll for Udupi Dist Released, Total 9,78,503 registered voters

Final electoral roll for Udupi Dist Released, Total 9,78,503 registered voters
Udupi: The final electoral roll of the district for the Assembly elections was released by the Additional Deputy Commissioner Anuradha G at the DC office on Saturday, March 3, in the presence of the representatives of political parties.

The final roll was published after the special summary revision exercise. The total electorate in the district is at 9,78,503 — 507773 female and 470730 male voters.

The draft electoral roll was published on November 30, 2017. A total of 29000 names were added to the voters’ list in the district during the special summary revision.

Speaking to the media persons, Anuradha said that the copy of the final electoral roll has been published in all the taluk offices. In addition, a copy will be provided to each booth level officer nominated by the district administration. The public can verify the list and in case of missing names, an application can be submitted filling Form 6.

Anuradha also said that 1,078 polling stations will be set up in the five assembly constituencies of the district.

Regarding measures taken to ensure convenience of specially-abled persons and senior citizens at the polling stations, she said that according to a recent survey, 8000 plus specially-abled voters have been identified in the district. Ramps will be constructed at the polling stations and wheelchairs will be stationed there, she said.

 VVPATs are being used in Assembly election for the first time. They were used in Mysuru bypolls earlier. The VVPAT machines are used during process to verify that the vote polled by a voter goes to the correct candidate.

The VVPATs are a second line of verification and are particularly useful at a time when allegations are being heard about EVMs. Ten percent extra VVPATs are offered as substitute in case of failures or technical errors, she said.

She also said that the changes can be done in the voters’ list if any discrepancy is there. The voters’ list is also put up on udupi.nic.in/election-2018/index.html. The election-related grievances can be reported to the toll free number 1,077.

There were 87,382 voters, of which 4,13,094 were men and 4,60,738 were women during 2013 elections. Then, the number of polling booths was 1,038 and it was 1,059 during the 2014 parliamentary elections. There is addition of 29,000 voters under Form 6.

Elaborating on the Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) programmes, ZP CEO Shivanand Kapashi said programmes are held at all wards.

Awareness committees, with local representatives of the political parties, have been set up. Besides, Anganwadi and Asha workers will work with the party members to create awareness among the masses over importance of exercising franchise, he added.

There are 8,000 differently-abled voters in the district. They will be given all required facilities during voting, he said.