Sunday, November 1, 2015

Polling for first phase of civic polls progressing

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Voting is progressing for the first phase of local body polls amidst heavy rains in the state. Polling which started at 7 am will end at 5 pm. At 8 am, a 6% polling has been registered. 1.11 crore voters will cast their votes in the first phase in seven districts of Kollam, Idukki, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kasaragod, Kannur and Thiruvananthapuram.

No untoward incidents have been reported so far. A complaint has been lodged against some CPM activists for trying to assault UDF woman candidate Reshma. The activists tore the voters list but polling has not been disrupted.

In the first phase, a total of 31,161 candidates, including 582 in district panchayats, 2844 in block panchayats, 22,788 in village panchayats, 1315 in corporations and 3632 in municipalities are in the fray.

A total of 1315 polling stations have been identified as highly sensitive booths in the first phase. Webcasting has been arranged in 1022 of these booths and video recording will be held in the rest of the stations.

Mobile phones would not be permitted within the polling booths and officials on duty were directed to keep their handsets on silent mode.

Besides the state police and personnel of excise, forest, marine and motor vehicle departments, 10 company of police from Karnataka would also be deployed in various places.

The polls in the remaining seven districts - Alappuzha, Thrissur, Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam, Kottayam, Malappuram and Palakkad - will be held in the second phase on November 5.

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