Draft list of polling stations released

Collector T.G. Vinay on Monday released the draft list of polling stations covering all seven Assembly constituencies in Dindigul district.

Distributing copies of the draft list to representatives of political parties, officials said the district comprised seven Assembly constituencies: Palani, Oddanchatram, Athur, Nilakottai, Natham, Dindigul and Vedasandur.

As per the Election Commission of India’s instructions, rural pockets could have a maximum of 1,200 voters per station and urban areas 1,500. With the elections scheduled for the Lok Sabha in 2019,

It had been proposed to identify polling stations that had to be bifurcated for various reasons. Hence, 75 had been identified for bifurcation in the district that had 2,039 polling stations covering seven Assembly constituencies. In some polling stations, the buildings might be dilapidated and, hence, they could not be used any more. In other cases, the school or college may have constructed new buildings, which could be used as polling station replacing the older ones.

Thus, representatives of political parties and the general public could visit the polling stations and give their suggestions/objections within a week’s time.

The Collector had convened a similar meeting again next week during which time the observations (objections/suggestions/recommendations) from representatives of political parties would be considered and a final proposal would be forwarded to the EC for further action.

The Assembly-wise polling stations and proposed number of stations for bifurcation is as follows: Palani-number of polling station: 312, bifurcation planned: 17, Oddanchatram: 273/15, Athur: 316/11, Nilakottai: 258/7, Natham: 310/10, Dindigul: 272/6 and Vedasandur 298/9.

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