Top Election Officers inspect counting centre in city
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Top Election Officers inspect counting centre in city

March 16, 2023

Mysore/Mysuru: A high-level team of Mysuru District Election Officers led by Deputy Commissioner (DC) Dr. K.V. Rajendra, who is also the District Election Officer, visited the vote counting centre of Maharani’s College of Commerce and Management in Vinayakanagar (Paduvarahalli) this noon.

Counting of votes for the 2023 Assembly elections will be held here and the visit of the high-level team even before the announcement of the election dates holds significance.

The DC was accompanied by City Police Commissioner Ramesh Banoth, DCP (Law and Order) M. Muthuraj, DCP (Crime and Traffic) S. Jahnavi, MUDA Commissioner and EVM/VVPAT Nodal Officer G.T. Dinesh Kumar and other officers.

Visiting various sections of the college, classrooms, halls and meeting rooms, the DC asked officers to make preparations for the counting from now on, and be ready for the crucial dates.

Picture shows the MCC Abhaya teams removing the flex boards across the city.

EVMs and VVPATs will be brought here from the counting booths from all the constituencies and the strong rooms have to be prepared for secure storage.

The college will turn into a fortress with Paramilitary Forces and the City Police maintaining strict round-the-clock vigil ahead of D-Day, the DC said and asked the officers to name and segregate constituency-wise and taluk-wise (under the Mysuru District jurisdiction) counting rooms/ halls and fix signboards accordingly so that there is no last-minute confusion.

The entry and exit points of the College were examined and the officers were asked to take into consideration the food and accommodation arrangements to be provided to the security forces who will be guarding the centre 24X7.

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Meanwhile, following directions from Deputy Commissioner Dr. K.V. Rajendra, the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) has begun removing the publicity materials — flex banners, hoardings and wall posters of political parties, ticket aspirants and others.

In his orders, the DC said that it is mandatory for all political leaders, aspirants and candidates to take permission from the local bodies or the City Corporation before putting up publicity materials.

Deputy Commissioner Dr. K.V. Rajendra and City Police Commissioner B. Ramesh seen discussing during inspection of the counting centre to be set up at Maharani’s Commerce and Management College for Women on Valmiki Road in city this morning. They were accompanied by DCP (Law and Order) M. Muthuraj, DCP (Crime and Traffic) S. Jahnavi, MUDA Commissioner G.T. Dinesh Kumar and other officials.

In case of any violation, steps will be taken against the persons responsible for putting up unauthorised flex banners, the DC warned. Implementing the orders from the DC immediately last night, MCC’s Abhaya teams 1, 2 and 3 led by Manju, Shivu and Ramesh respectively began removing all the publicity materials including the posters that displayed birthday wishes and ticket ambitions of party workers. 

Each Abhaya team has four members and they are going around the city clearing the banners. While a small percentage of the banners were cleared this morning, the entire task will be completed in a day or two.  The MCC has appealed to the people to alert the officers and staff in case they come across such publicity posters, banners and hoardings.

3 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Top Election Officers inspect counting centre in city”

  1. Sanjay Kini says:

    Valmiki road a few meters from Maharani college has pot holes and needs to be resurfaced. Will it be done before elections

  2. Rao Bhamidimarri says:

    Hello @Sanjay Kini
    Why don’t you pursue this with the MCC? Why here? For a change, you are not indulging in your advice, which are usually nonsensical any way.
    You see, an enthusiast like you for the 10 -lane Mysore-Bangalore Tipu Highway, will soon discover within months that pot holes will keep appearing all the length from Mysore-Bangalore in this glorious Tipu Highway! Hence, just a matter of time.

  3. Aniyan Verghese says:

    Is that the fat man there in the photograph the DC Rajendra? He needs to take running to get himself fit.
    Pity that he opted to become the glorified servant of politicians, rather than becoming a respectable physician. He deprived a student of a place in the medical college.
    Every one of these District Election Officers over the decades has been found dishonest, as malpractices in the election process prevail.
    The counting centres have a long pathetic history of counting the ballot papers of those days which were not the ones voted by voters, but were the substituted ones by criminal gangs who operated for candidates, by swapping the real ballot boxes with the ballot boxes they brought which had votes massively for their candidates’ favour. In other words, the real ballot boxes containing the real votes were swapped with ballot boxes containing the votes that these criminal gangs stuffed in.
    Money talks in Indian elections. Election officials do want to become rich and the only way they can is by cooperating with candidates who stand for election, and favouring one of them who pays most to them. This is the history of Indian elections since independence.
    Whether it is physical votes in ballot papers, or votes through electronic voting system, the culture of malpractices in this so called Indian democracy will not go away.


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