Election Officers – creating awareness – Bengaluru

Election Officers – creating awareness – Bengaluru

Election officers  are being busy at Bengaluru creating Awareness about voting. 

BBMP Commissioner  – District electoral officer :

BBMP Commissioner N.Manjunath Prasad is the district electoral officer.   1 lakh poll staff are being  engaged for the elections.

BBMP Commissioner N.Manjunath Prasad is the district electoral officer.  He has worked across India as poll officer. He will oversee the work of about one lakh election observer.  The challenges faced includes monitoring 1 lakh election staff comprising BBMP staff and police force.

Pressures of election :

In an election duty, different government departments come together to make it easy.  The staff are thoroughly trained to deal with problems.  The returning/election officers are trained to make sure nothing goes wrong because of negligence and ignorance.

Planning plays an important role in the smooth running of the election booths.  The major problem faced by election/returning officers are booth capturing and violence at the polling stations.  Curbing victory processions even before the results announcement is a major problem.

Bengaluru Election/Returning officers :

Bengaluru South  :  Mr. Nakul.S.S.

Bengaluru North : Mr. B.N.Vijaya Shankar

Bengaluru Central – Mr. Lokesh M

Duties of officers :

Their duties include: Supervises the conduct of all elections held under the Local Authorities Elections Act. Assists the Returning Officers as they conduct local elections.  Promotes fairness, impartiality and compliance with the Local Authorities Elections Act on the part of election officers.

The election officer’s duty includes  ensuring fairness, impartiality and compliance with election law. promoting voting opportunities to all voters. educating voters about the electoral process. helping political parties, candidates, official agents and chief financial officers comply with election legislation.

The election officers in Bengaluru are busy.  They are meeting people at malls and markets.  The election officers ensure that the polling staff are well training in handling the EVMs and the procedures. 

This year election have Sakhi booths which are entirely managed by women. Sakhi booths helps in sending message to women that vote casting is not just by men.    

Election officers Creating awareness :

The election officers are sending trained staff to metro stations and malls with demo machines to help people under the process of voting. 

Through Systematic Voter’s Education and Electoral Participation program (SVEEP) the election officers are creating awareness and educating people on why voting is important.

Morning walkers are met by the election officers in the morning to create awareness.  Meetings are held are IT company campuses across Bengaluru.

Vulnerable areas :

The election officers are visiting the  areas which are vulnerable where people may be blocked from voting or coerced to vote for a particular candidate.  The Election officers have identified around 34 such locations across the city.

Chunavana centres are established where people get their EPIC number and get details about their polling stations.

Biggest challenge faced by Election officers :

The problem of ensuring working of EVM’s is the biggest challenge.  Transporting the EVM’s is also a major challenge. 

The staff are trained in handling these machines which are fool proof.  BBMP nursing staff and doctors are adequately deployed for any emergency.

Karnataka Elections – Election Commission :

The Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka will be in 2 phases, with 14 constituencies going to the polls in each phase.  The elections dates for the State of Karnataka is April 18th and April 23rd 2019.

For those in Bengaluru, the polling date is 18th April 2019 that is 2nd phase.  There are 28 Lok Sabha seats from Karnataka which will go to polls on April 18 under separate phases.

For the 14 constituencies in Karnataka that go to the polls on April 18, the last date for filing nominations was on March 26. The last date for scrutiny of nomination was  March 27 and the last date for withdrawal of nomination was March 29.

HIGHLIGHTS :

  • All social media ads from political parties will have to be pre-certified
  • Candidates will have to submit details of their social media accounts
  • Social media expert to be part of Media Certification and Monitoring Committee

Social media – Election Commission :

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced strict guidelines for use of social media by political parties and candidates.

The Election commission has outlined strict guidelines for use of social media during elections.  The political parties and candidates will not be able to post unverified advertisements, photos personnel from defence, hate speeches.  The candidates will not be posting any fake news on their accounts.

 According to the Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, the new guidelines requires the candidates to furnish details of their social media accounts during the filing of nomination papers.  They have to disclose the activities on their Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Share Chat and Google.

EVMs to carry candidate pictures – Election Commission :

In Lok Sabha 2019 elections the  EVMs will be carrying  the  candidate pictures  to avoid confusion over similar names.

The photograph will be printed on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) ballot units as well as on postal ballot papers according to the Election commission.

According to the Election Commissioner, ‘the provision for printing the candidate photographs will help avoid any confusion which may arise when candidates with similar names contest from the same constituency’.

The party candidates are required to submit to the returning officer, their recent stamp size photograph as per the specifications laid down by the Election Commission.

This has happened before. India had gone to polls with photo electoral rolls for the first time in 2009. In that year, Assam, Jammu & Kashmir and Nagaland did not have photo electoral rolls, while elector photo identity cards were not distributed to electors in Assam and Nagaland. 

The Election Commission said that official voter slip bearing the photo of the elector (wherever present in the roll) will be distributed at least five days before the polling date.

Voter turnout – Bengaluru :

Karnataka will vote in the Lok Sabha Elections in two phases – on April 18 and April 23.  Elections will be held on the same day in Tamil Nadu and Kerala respectively.

For those in Bengaluru, the polling date is 18th April 2019 that is 2nd phase.  There are 28 Lok Sabha seats from Karnataka which will go to polls on April 18 under separate phases.  

The counting of votes will be held on May 23. The Congress-JD(S) alliance which is currently in power in the state will be looking to consolidate their numbers in the Lok Sabha as well.

The poll schedule will clash with the extended weekend as many government holidays falls between April 17 and 23. 

The Big question is will this result in low voter turnout?

Will holiday affect voter turnout?

April 17th is Mahavir Jayanti, April 19 is Good Friday which will be followed by the Easter weekend (April 20thand 21st.

The school exams are expected t be completed by April 18th, the families would be planning vacations, especially if the parents are working. 

According to Karnataka BJP leader S. Suresh Kumar, “the voter turnout could be less due to the number of holidays.  Bengaluru had low voter turnout and it has not improved.  With so many holidays in between the elections, people are likely to go for a vacation”.

Walk to vote :

It is a fundamental right of any citizen that enables them to choose the leaders of tomorrow. Voting not only enables the citizens to vote for political parties, but it also helps them to realize the importance of citizenship. Many people do not vote thinking one vote will not make a change, but as a matter of fact, it does. A nation’s political foundations are built using elections.

To know more about candidates click on the link https://www.bangalorean.com/politics/bengaluru-candidates-list-major-parties-ls-2019/

One comment

  • ashok

    By ashok

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    Since it happens once in five yrs and educated people should understand the same and postpone their visit at least to 18 th evening and excercise their vote otherwise one will be burdended with a non performing candidate and we will be ourselves to blame.

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