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Awareness programme on use of Electronic Voting Machines

Staff Reporter

Officials intensify drive being carried out throughout district

Photo: P. Goutham

Quick and easy: Officials demonstrating the functioning of Electronic Voting Machines to residents of Kondalampatti in Salem on Sunday. —

SALEM: The district administration has intensified the drive to create awareness among people about Electronic Voting Machines.

Officials of various departments and local bodies were roped in for the conduct of the awareness camps in different parts of the district.

Instructions

The administration had instructed the officials to demonstrate the functioning of the EVMs and explain to the people how to cast their vote using the machines.

The security features of the voting machines were also being explained during the camps.

Awareness programmes would be conducted in all the 385 village panchayats, 33 town panchayats, four municipalities, Salem city and tribal hamlets in the district, officials said.

The administration had also started conducting training programmes for the election officials.

Inaugurating the training for master trainers here recently, Collector J. Chandrakumar appealed to them to co-operate with the district administration for the smooth conduct of the polls.

He explained the norms for the appointment of booth agents and other rules related to the conduct of the polls. Co-ordinated efforts should be made for the peaceful conduct of the polls, he said.

The Collector said four election officials would be deputed to the polling stations where the number of voters was below 1,200 and five officials for booths where the number of voters was over 1,200.

Over 2,500 polling booths would be established in the eleven assembly segments in the district, which fall under four parliamentary constituencies – Kallakurichi, Dharmapuri, Salem and Namakkal.

The Omalur, Edapadi, Salem (West), Salem (North), Salem (South) and Veerapandi assembly segments coming under the Salem constituency would have 1,469 polling stations including 362 booths exclusively for women.

A total of 238 polling booths would be established in Sankagiri segment, while the Gangavalli, Attur and Yercaud would have over 650 polling booths.

A total of 235 booths would be established in Mettur segment.

Senior officials participated in the programme.

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