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Voters throng polling stations to collect booth slips

Staff Reporter

Namakkal: The collection of booth slips by voters from their respective polling stations was successful on the first day (Tuesday), Collector and District Election Officer S. Madumathi said here on Wednesday.

She told The Hindu that the distribution of booth slips at the doorsteps of the voters by polling officials could not be carried out due to delay in arrival of the slips.

Stating that the slips reached the Returning Offices of the Assembly segments only on Monday night, she said that it would be impossible for the officials to complete the door-to-door distribution. By engaging officials to do that they could not be involved in other election-related activities, she added. The Collector also clarified that there was no standing instruction from the Election Commission directing the officials to distribute the slips door-to-door.

But for Rasipuram (SC) Assembly segment where the booth slips reached late compared to the other five Assembly segments there was good response from the voters as they thronged the booths to collect their slips. At Rasipuram, the distribution started around 12 noon and was extended till the late hours of the day to facilitate the voters, she said.

According to her a total 1,360 polling officials – one each for the 1,360 polling stations across the district – were involved in distribution of the slips.

She said that there is a proposal to carry out a door-to-door booth slip distribution drive on Friday and Saturday to ensure 100 percent distribution.

Voters of the six Assembly segments could get further information or irregularities on collecting booth slips by contacting the Returning Officer (RO) and Assistant RO in the numbers mentioned below: Rasipuram (SC) assembly segment: RO V. Swaminathan 04286–281116, ARO Kandasamy 04287-222840; Senthamangalam (ST) assembly segment: RO D. Kathiresan 04286–280104, ARO R. Pushpavathi 04286–280104.

Namakkal assembly segment: RO K. Ramasamy 04286-232101, ARO Thirugnanam 04286-233701. Paramathi-Velur Assembly segment: RO D. Parivel 04286–280193, ARO Rajasekar 04268 221000. 96. Tiruchengode Assembly segment: RO S. Thangavel 04288 256000, ARO S.R. Sekar 04288 252260. Kumarapalayam Assembly segment: RO S. Ramachandran 04286–280101 and ARO N. Thambiraja 04288 252260.

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