EC’s Measures to Ease Poll Stress for Staff on Duty

Women staff on election duty need not stay in the polling station the previous night. They are free to leave after they complete mustering

Published: 16th April 2014 09:16 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th April 2014 09:24 AM   |  A+A-

Bangalore Rural Deputy Commissioner V Shankar on Tuesday said the Election Commission has allocated `300 towards food expenses for each person deputed on election duty. “We have taken enough care to provide good food for election staff and have also made other arrangements,” he said.

He said enough care has been taken to ensure that women officials are deputed in the same constituency in which they are posted. Unlike previous elections, women staff on election duty need not stay in the polling station in the previous night.

They are free to leave the polling station after they complete the mustering and other formalities on the previous day. However, they have to be present at the polling station at least one hour before polling begins, he said.

Shankar said 10 special squads have been deployed to monitor the situation in the hypersensitive areas of Hoskote Assembly constituency.

Of the 1,038 polling stations in the four Assembly segments of Bangalore Rural district, 277 are classified as hypersensitive, 234 as sensitive and the remaining 527 as normal.

Enough forces have been deployed at these polling stations and sensitive areas in accordance with the directions issued by the EC, he said.

Around 4,548 government employees, including 1,600 women, would be monitoring the polling and web casting would be done at 30 sensitive stations.

The district administration has seized `3.48 crore cash, 668.5 litres of liquor, 3,601 sarees, 1,525 kg of food items and 53.2 gm of gold. It also seized 14 vehicles that were being used for campaign purposes without obtaining permission and has booked 34 cases of poll code violations.


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