BENGALURU: Bengaluru District Election Officer (DEO) Kumar Naik, who is also BBMP Commissioner, on Monday issued a notification for the BBMP polls scheduled to be held on August 22. On day-one, two independent candidates filed nominations. B V Ramesh filed nomination from Jayanagar East ward and Harish Nayak from Uttarahalli ward.
According to the notification, Model Code of Conduct is in effect from July 17 and it will be in effect till August 26. The DEO has formed 198 teams to check any violations of model code of conduct. Under Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act, they have appointed four District Election Officers, 28 additional district election officers, 53 election officers, 53 additional election officers, 198 assistant election officers, 5 special election observers, 27 election observers and 88 nodal officers. Expenditure per candidate should not exceed `5 lakh.
To work on election day, 7,979 presiding officers, 7,979 assistant presiding officers, 19,678 polling staff will be appointed. As many as 6,733 polling station will be set and at each station, 1,500 voters can vote. At some places, auxiliary polling stations will be set. There will be electronic voting machine systems for which 9,309 control unit and 11,635 ballot units will be used.
A meeting was convened at the State Election Commission office where SEC P N Sreenivasachari, Kumar Naik, Bengaluru City Police Commissioner N S Megharikh, Bengaluru Urban D C Shankar and other senior officials were present. SEC P N Sreenivasachari said about the meeting, “It was just an inter agency co-ordination meeting where police, BBMP, excise department officials and other concerned were present. We discussed about implementation of the model code of conduct and other issues.
G Kumar Naik, DEO said that monitoring would now be intensified across the city, including that of hoardings.
“To bring awareness among public on voters turn out, we shall involve NGOs. We are already working on providing basic amenities at all polling station including providing ramps for physically challenged,’’ he said.
Police Commissioner N S Megharikh said police would get to know the number of people needed only after a week’s time.
Voters name inclusion or correction will be done till the last day of nomination (Aug 10). One can check for details other details at www.bbmp.gov.in