Collector holds election meeting

District Election Officer and District Collector K. Rasamani held a consultation meeting with all department officers regarding the assembly election in his office at Coimbatore on Tuesday.

Commissioner of Police Sumithcharan, District Superintendent of Police R Arularasu, District Revenue Officer Ramathuraimurugan, District Rural Development Agency, Project Director S. Kavitha, Pollachi sub Collector Mr. Vaithilingam, Deputy Commissioner of Police Stalin, District Collector’s PA (Election) and many other departmental officers were present. Later, Collector K. Rasamani told reporters.

”The dates for the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections, 2021 have been decided and the schedule has been prepared and announced by the Election Commission of India.

The Code of Conduct for the general public, political parties, civil servants and employees will come into force immediately in the Coimbatore district as per the guidelines of the Election Commission of India.

Banners, posters and wall advertisements of political parties erected in public places have been removed by all local bodies.

Political party flagpoles erected in public places have been removed and statues and emblems of political party leaders have been covered.

An election control room has been set up at the office of the District Administration and officers are working in rotation so that the public can lodge their complaints 24 hours a day regarding violations of the election code of conduct.

The toll-free telephone numbers of the Election Control Room are: 1800-425-4757 and 1970. So far 15 complaints regarding the code of conduct for elections have been received and are under consideration.

Further action will be taken without any discrimination on all formal complaints received.

Similarly, 30 flying squads, 30 fixed surveillance teams and 20 video surveillance teams have been set up in Coimbatore district. These teams are immediately working on the field.

Complaints can also be recorded and uploaded by the public through video or photo through the mobile processor provided by the Election Commission. Appropriate action will be taken on these complaints.

The general public who have not yet registered to vote can apply to add their names to the list through the website or in person at the tahsildar offices, RDO Offices, Coimbatore Corporation Central and Eastern Zonal Assistant Commissioner’s Offices.

There were 3048 polling booths in the last parliamentary election in Coimbatore district.

More than 1,050 polling stations with more than 1,050 voters have been split into two and 1379 new sub-polling stations have been set up to enable the public to follow the social gap due to the current corona epidemic.

Polling stations set up in 976 areas. New polling stations have been set up in 106 areas through the newly established polling booths. Of those, 788 polling stations in 112 centers were selected as tense.

The election will feature senior voters over the age of 80, differently abled and voters living in the corona-affected or protected area at the time of voting will be able to cast their ballots by post at their discretion.

For this, committees will be set up including revenue, health and polling officials.

These committees will be formed on the basis of the number of such voters in each constituency.

Voters are required to complete Form 12 and submit it to the Returning Officer or Polling Officer before March 16 to get postal ballot.

Coimbatore district has about 64,650 senior citizens and 20,000 differently abled voters.

In addition, wheelchairs and assistants will be provided in polling booths to senior voters and disabled voters who come to cast their ballots on election day.

Therefore, the public, political parties, candidates, government officials, should follow the rules of conduct of the election, he advised.

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