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More security planned for sensitive villages

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SIVAGANGA, MARCH 16. All sensitive villages in the Sivaganga Parliamentary constituency including Thirumayam, Thiruvadanai, Karaikudi, Tirupattur, Ilayankudi and Sivaganga Assembly segments have been identified and additional police picketing would be provided in those areas to ensure free and fair polls in the coming Lok Sabha elections, the Collector, J. Radhakrishnan, said.

Speaking to The Hindu , he said the police would step up vigil in the sensitive villages and the candidates or their agents should not appeal to caste and communal feelings for securing votes. Similarly mosques, churches, temples and other places of worship should not be used as fora for election propaganda.

Steps had already been taken to whitewash all government buildings, culverts, government-aided school compound walls and bus stands. Hence the candidates, agents and party workers should not deface the walls belonging to public property with election wall posters, slogans etc. The service of 4640 government employees would be utilised as presiding and polling officers for election duty, the Collector said.

Moreover, a classified service voter (armed forces) can also appoint proxies to cast their votes in the coming elections. They should submit the duly signed Form 13 F to the Returning Officer. The person to be appointed as proxy should be an ordinary resident of the constituency and of not less than 18 years of age. He should not be a person disqualified for registration as an elector in the electoral roll under section of 16 of the Representation of the People Act, 1950 (43 of 1950). Further the signature of the classified service voter and the proxy should be made before a first class Magistrate or Notary or the Commanding Officer of the unit who should verify the signatures under his hand and seal. In case of the First Class Magistrate or Notary verifying the signature, he should personally check the service identity card of the classified service voter to authenticate veracity of the classified service voter, Mr. Radhakrishnan said.

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