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Panchayat polls: 16 districts to cast vote through EVMs

jaipur Updated: Dec 25, 2014 15:59 IST
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For the panchayat polls scheduled in January-February 2015, the voters of 16 of 33 districts will be able to cast their votes through electronic voting machines (EVM). The option of NOTA (None of The Above) will also be available.

State election commissioner Ram Lubhaya said EVMs will be used in 16 out of 33 districts.

The EVMs will be used in Baran, Bundi, Chittorgarh, Churu, Dausa, Dholpur, Dungarpur, Jaisalmer, Jhalawar, Karauli, Kota, Pratapgarh, Rajsamand, Sawaimadhopur, Sirohi and Tonk. In the rest of the districts, traditional ballot papers will be used.

He said that in panchayat polls held in 2010, EVMs were used only in three districts — Sikar, Bharatpur and Kota — for zila parishad and panchayat samiti members polls.

He said that the state election commission had demanded 85,000 control units (CU) and 95,000 ballet units (BU) from the Election Commission of India, but only 31,500 CUs and 47,500 BUs are being provided.

He said the candidates will have to submit certificates of their education qualifications, along with their nominations.

The state government through an ordinance has fixed minimum qualification for candidates. According to the amendment in Rajasthan Panchayati Raj Act, a candidate contesting the zila parishad or panchayat samiti polls should have a minimum qualification of secondary education (Class 10).

To contest the sarpanch elections, a candidate (general category) should be Class 8 pass. However, in scheduled area the contestant for sarpanch election should have passed Class 5.

In addition to this, there should be a functional toilet in the house of the candidate and no member of his/her family should go for open defecation and an undertaking in written format will have to be submitted by the candidate in this regard.

A total of 36,844 polling booths will be set up for the panchayat elections.

There are over 3.28 crore registered voters including 1.55 crore women and 1.73 crore men, and 40 registered as others.

The commissioner said that a senior administrative officer will be appointed as observer in each district to monitor the election process.

Multi purpose National Identity Card (MNIC) will be valid as an identity proof in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan, where it has been introduced as the pilot project by the Government of India.

Aadhaar card will also be considered valid for all the people.