BENGALURU: This time, 16 polling stations will have 20 webcams, smart tab-based monitoring system at Mahadevapura Assembly constituency, through which senior officials can monitor these polling stations from their office.
State Election Commissioner P N Sreenivasachari told Express that a Bengaluru-based agency approached them to utilise this service. They claimed they have provided the service in Rajasthan. “We could afford the price. Later, they tied up with KEONICS. This acts like a webcam which will record both outside and inside the booths (except where voters cast vote),” he said.
“We chose Mahadevapura as the KEONICS director is the election observer for that constituency,” Srinivasachari added.
1,000 BMTC Buses
BBMP and District Election Commission have hired at least 1,000 BMTC buses for election purpose. Buses will ferry polling staff and Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) to the designated polling booths.
The State Election Commission, in a release, stated that in spite of repeatedly warning candidates contesting in the BBMP election not to send SMS for their campaign 48 hours prior to the poll, many are sending messages. “We will take action against them,” the SEC said.
According to the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, as on Friday evening, at least 15,000 people used SMSes to know their polling station.
This apart, some 4.5 lakh visited BengaluruOne and Bangalore Electricity supply company Ltd (BESCOM) website to know their polling stations.