Preparations are in full swing for the byelection to the Aroor Assembly constituency on October 21.
In order to ensure transparency and better monitoring of any untoward incident, proceedings at 36 critical and sensitive polling stations will be webcast live on election day.
There will be a total of 183 polling booths including five model polling booths and one women friendly booth in the constituency. The Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) will be used at all polling stations. Additional EVMs and VVPAT machines will be kept as a reserve in case of any malfunctioning, officials said.
The first round randomisation of EVMs has been completed.
The second round randomisation will be held on Monday. The commissioning of EVMs will be held on October 15. New M3 EVMs will be used in the bypoll, officials added.
District Collector Adeela Abdulla on Saturday urged the candidates and political party representatives to strictly adhere to green protocol during poll campaign.
Dr. Abdulla suggested political parties to avoid using flex boards and use of plastic materials.
She urged them to use boards, banners and posters made of clothes and other eco-friendly materials for campaign. Steel/ceramic glasses and plates should be used instead of disposable plates and glasses for serving food and water, the collector said.
Meanwhile, candidates of all three major fronts have intensified canvassing for votes with just over a week to go to the bypoll. The seat has fallen vacant after legislator A.M. Ariff of the CPI (M) got elected to the Lok Sabha from the Alappuzha Lok Sabha constituency. A total of six candidates including Manu C. Pulickal of the CPI (M), Congress candidate Shanimol Usman and K.P. Prakash Babu of the BJP are in the fray. In 2016, Mr. Ariff defeated his nearest rival C.R. Jayaprakash of the Congress by a margin of 38,519 votes.
Chandy flays govt.
No major development has taken place during the three-and-a-half years of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in the State, former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said.
He was speaking to media persons here on Saturday.
The LDF government has done nothing other than finishing the projects started by the United Democratic Front (UDF) government. It was UDF that implemented project to resolve water crisis in coastal belt. We initiated the Kochi Metro and Kannur airport projects, Mr. Chandy said.
On the Sabarimala issue, the Congress leader said that the UDF was with the devotees.