Belthangady, March 10, 2019: Serious exercise was conducted to demystify all doubts on the integrity of EVMs. Belthangady was the first among the taluks to have completed the awareness camps on EVMs a week ago. Belthangady Assembly constituency, a larger constituency, was divided into six zones entrusted with the task of completing awareness camps in one zone.
On the final day of the campaign, a master trainer emphasised on how the EVM was far from being fool-proof. The security features also make the machine tamper-proof. Each voter to mock register his or her vote with the help of the VVPAT (Vote Verifiable Paper Audit Trail). Trainer also guided each semi-literate voters on familiarising themselves on their names, and the election symbols of the candidates printed on slips of paper.
The teacher, responding to every query of the students, also demonstrated how the ’None Of The Above’ (NOTA) vote could be registered in the machine. He also showed the Malekudiyas on how a vote polled could never be duplicated. Dharanendra also guided three first-time voters in the Colony on obtaining their EPICs.
Boycott: The tribals, during an informal chat with the master trainer later, revealed their plans to boycott the elections in protest against the lack of facilities in the Colony. A previous attempt to boycott elections had failed as the officials had stolen their banner urging political leaders not to visit the Colony, the tribals alleged.
Voter ID card applications rejected: Hundreds of applications of first-time voters seeking their voters’ identity cards were rejected by the ELO Manjunath. Sources in the election office at the Mini Vidhana Soudha said that the officer had rejected as the applicants had failed to attach their SSLC certificates with the applications.