Mangaluru, May 27, 2015: Briefing media on May 26, Tuesday, DK DC Adoor B Ibrahim said that for the first time in the history, a polling booth has been set up in Banjarumale, tribal hamlet at Neriya gram panchayat in Belthangady Taluk, about 90 km away from Mangalore.
He added till 2013, the residents of Banjarumale had to travel 20 to 25-km to exercise franchise by hiring a vehicle. In the last parliamentary election, the district administration had made arrangement to transport voters to nearby polling booth. Banjarumale has 106 voters.
This year, district administration has arranged a polling booth, so that the villagers need not travel far.
The DC said officials have appealed to villagers of Markanja and Bannur gram panchayats not to boycott the election and take part in the democratic process of electing the candidates. The issue of lack of basic facilities in these two gram panchayats will be looked into after the elections. The district administration is all set to conduct fair and peaceful gram panchayat election, he said.
The D C said the district administration has received a total of 12 complaints on violation of code of conduct, of which two cases have been booked. One complaint in Sullia, two in Belthangady, five in Puttur, two in Bantwal and two in Mangaluru taluks. Notices have been issued to the concerned in 10 complaints. All the complaints were pertaining to distribution of pamphlets using party symbols.
A total of 5,412 officials have been deployed for the smooth conduct of the election. The number of women staff deployed is 3088. The number of polling staff in Mangaluru taluk-1569, Belthangady-1003, Puttur -944, Bantwal-1340, and Sullia-556. A total of 188 buses, 20 mini buses, 105 tempo travels, 269 jeeps will be utilised for the polling purpose. The randomisation of only male staff will be taken up, he added.
No nominations have been filed for two seats namely Mallur first ward (Scheduled Tribe woman) and Mallur second ward (Scheduled Caste woman) in Mallur gram panchayat of Mangaluru taluk. One hundred nine candidates have been elected unopposed.
The Dakshina Kannada district administration is fully geared up to conduct the elections for 3,397 seats in 227 gram panchayats (GP) in the district on May 29. It has warned political parties not to indulge in campaigning on party lines and threatened to countermand polls if they continue with the same.