District Collector Samab Siva Rao speaks to media
District Collector Samba Siva Rao said that the preparations for the local body poll in Kozhikode district have been completed.
“Everyone must cooperate for a peaceful election that meets the Covid-19 norms”-he said.
Voting will begin on Dec. 14 at 7 am and continues until 6 p.m.
The district administration made proper preparations. Polling stations will be disinfected. 2,533,024 voters will cast their ballots this time. This includes 1,208,545 men, 1,324,449 women and 30 transgender people. There are also 1064 expatriate voters. A total of 5,985 candidates are seeking re-election. There are 284 SC candidates, 162 SC women candidates and 3 ST candidates in various constituencies. 350 contestants in Kozhikode Corporation. There are 102 candidates contesting for the district panchayat. Of these, 47 are men and 55 are women. While 882 candidates are contesting in seven municipalities, Vadakara has the highest number of 146 contestants – 69 men and 77 women. Ramanattukara has less than 99 contestants – 45 men and 54 women. 557 candidates are contesting from 12 block panchayats while 4,095 are contesting from Gram Panchayats in the district.
A total of 3,274 voting machines were set up for the election. Polling stations were made disability friendly. Voting compartments are set up in such a way as to ensure the privacy of each voter. There are 2,987 booths in the district. 1000 problem booths including seven critical booths. There are 915 sensitive booths in Kozhikode district rural area.
There are 78 sensitive booths in the city limits and seven critical booths in the Nallalam and Chevayur police station limits. 15 model booths have been set up following the rules. The election process will be completed in compliance with the green code across the district. In addition to government vehicles, 1951 vehicles were equipped for election purposes.
The special ballot will be distributed until 3 pm on December 13. Kovid has been assigned to supply PP kits, sanitizers, gloves, masks and face shields for safety. There are 17303 polling officers in the district on election duty.
There will be 14935 officers in the polling booth. About 400 special polling officials have also been deployed. Webcasting will be conducted at 91 problem booths in the district. Webcasting will monitor all activities from the start of mock polling to the end of polling on polling day. As many as 168 Sectoral Officers have been deployed at one of the 20 booths to deliver the required forms, other materials and machines to the polling stations in case of emergency and to provide replacement machines and mark copies in case of damage.
A total of 13,042 cases were registered in the district for violating the election code of conduct. The Anti-Defamation Squad is removing the board, flag, pennant, poster and banner that were erected in violation of the rules. There are five anti-defamation squads operating in the district to detect code of conduct violations. The District Level Media Relations Committee is working to decide on media matters in the district. The district level control room will be functioning at the Collectorate from December 13 to monitor the election process.