At the Erode Collector’s Office, a meeting was held in the presence of party representatives to select the EVMs and send them to the respective constituencies.
Collector C. Kathiravan said in Erode district, 11,906 EVMs, and VVPATs machines, are existed and the process of sending the required quantity to all the eight constituencies in the district was commenced.
On randomisation through computers, they will be sent to the returning officer in each constituency and will be safely unloaded in the presence of party representatives there.
Once the election observers arrive, we will operate the same method in the presence of political party representatives and ensure their movement.
On the day before polling, they will be sent to the polling booths.
Returning Officers (ROs) for the respective constituencies should personally inspect all the polling booths in the constituency and ensure basic facilities.
They can make the necessary additional facilities. From the booth, 100 and 200 meter distance marks should be made.
The ROs must fully aware of the rules of conduct of the election.
The Collector shall act as the District Electoral Officer.
So, they have to decide on their own then and there without expecting his decision.
Political parties can hold meetings by maintaining social space and wearing masks.
As the corona spread increases slightly, if someone is infected, the party men should take care that it would not affect their work by isolating the affected for 15 days.
For things like the public meeting, we chose 81 places. Permission will be given to the first registrant in allotting the place.
Only two persons and 2 vehicles will be allowed for a candidate while coming to file nomination, he said.
Corona infections are on the rise for the past few days.
Therefore, political parties and officials should act with caution. Of late, people have been going to without fear and without wearing a mask.
Corporation officials and local bodies should pay more attention to this. For those who do not wear masks and observe social distancing is not observed, fine should be slapped.
Local bodies, and election officials should raise awareness among the people about spreading of corona, he advised.
POSTAL BALLOT: In Erode district, 1,377 people over the age of 80, including the disabled, have been issued Form 12D to get postal ballots. In the district, there are 50062 people over the age of 80, 50,062, and 14,498 people with disabilities and recent victims of corona. They are eligible to cast their vote.
We urge the booth level officials to go to their respective area to issue Form-12D if they wish to use postal ballot.
Maybe, if they want to vote at the polling station, it will be allowed.
At present, 1,377 people have received Form-12D and expressed a desire to use postal ballots. Still, the work of providing the form continues.
The filled in forms will be received from Mar 12 to 16 and the postal ballot will be delivered to them two days before polling, in the presence of the election officials.
If he records it and puts it in our box, we will seal it, include it on the day of the counting of votes and add it to the respective segment’s votes.
For journalists, postal ballots will be given after getting approval from the Election Commission approval.
After that, the form and postal ballot will be issued, he said.