Kozhikode district will go to the polls on December 14 in three phases. The Model Code of Conduct came into force. The state elections will be held on December 8, 10 and 14.
Elections will be held on December 8 in Thiruvananthapuram,Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Idukki districts. In Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad and Wayanad districts,polling will be held on Dec 10.
In the final phase,elections will be held in Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod districts on Dec 14. Counting will take place on December 16.
The election will be held according to Covid norms. Those who are Covid positive and those who are in the quarantine will get the opportunity to vote by post. The new governing body will take office by December 31.
- Local elections; Preparations in the district are in the final stages
The district is in the final stages of preparations for the local body elections. Training for officials and testing of voting machines is nearing completion. Training for election officials’ master trainers, including presiding officers, will begin the next day.
Training for District Returning Officers, Assistant Returning Officers and Election Returning Officers has been completed. The training was conducted from October 12 to 18 focusing on block levels. 98 Returning Officers have been appointed as Gazetted Officers. 98 Assistant Returning Officers, 89 Staff and 89 Election Assistants have been appointed. On the first day, each team was given two days of training on election procedures and on the second day, handling the voting machines. Training for Election Assistant Returning Officers, Grama Panchayat Secretaries and others has been completed.
In the specially set up centers at the Civil Station and near the old Taluk office in Puthiyara, Preliminary inspections of the voting machines are being carried out under the supervision of Election Deputy Collector T.K.Janil Kumar. The ballot and seal used in the previous election are being replaced and the performance of the machines is being checked.
Inspections of ‘Multi Post’ voting machines to be used at village / block / district panchayat levels have been completed at the Civil Station Center. The inspection of ‘single post’ voting machines to be used for corporations / municipalities is being carried out at the center near the old taluk office premises in Puthiyara. The district received 2,930 control units of ‘multi-post’ voting machines, 8,790 ballot units and 1,000 control and ballot units of ‘single post’ machines each. The machines are being inspected by a team of 25 revenue officials led by six engineers from Hyderabad-based Electronics Corporation India Limited.
Five per cent of the machines will be selected from those who have completed the test and a mock poll will be conducted in the presence of political party representatives. The printout of the number of votes cast and the symbol on which it is stamped and the imprint on the machine will be checked to make sure that it is equal. The mock poll of ‘multi post’ voting machines has also been completed. The machines will be signed by the engineers and the Deputy Collector of Elections on behalf of the District Collector. The deputy collector said the machines would be moved to strongrooms after the inspection was completed.
The last day to add names to the voters’ list was October 31. The hearing will be held till November 9. The final waiter list will then be published.