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Karnataka initiates rationalization of polling booths using GIS

Monday, November 5th 2012
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Karnataka: Office of the Chief Electoral Officer (OCEO), Karnataka, has initiated steps to rationalise polling stations and their voter lists across all Assembly constituencies in the State. The Office of Chief Electoral Officer has been fixing proper boundaries for all polling stations using GIS maps.The boundaries are being fixed based on definite geographical landmarks like roads and drains of a particular locality and voter lists is being prepared accordingly. C S Suranjan, Chief electoral officier said, “The rationalistion will make it easier for citizens to locate their polling stations and verify details in the voters’ list.”

The rationalisation work has been completed in all the 28 Assembly constituencies of Bangalore Urban district. It is currently on in 18 constituencies – two each in Gulbarga, Davangere, Dharwad, and Bellary districts and four each in Dakshina Kannada and Mysore districts. The plan is to cover all 224 constituencies by the end of January, 2013. Once done, the OCEO is planning to superimpose the polling stations on GIS maps and upload them on its official website.GIS maps of polling stations of Assembly constituencies of Bangalore Urban district will be uploaded in a few days.

In addition, currently polling stations are in disarray in many assembly constituencies. They do not have fixed boundary. Polling stations are not tallying with voters’ list, leading to a lot of confusion among people. This has been one of the major complaints from citizens during every election.

Citizens can get details about their polling station address and assembly constituency by sending the voter’s identity card number as an SMS (format: KAEPIC ) to Ph: 9243355223. The soft copy of the roll is available on the Chief Election Officer’s website http://www.ceokarnataka.kar.nic.in. To submit applications online, visit http://www.voterreg.kar.nic.in.

Source: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/289954/poll-panel-initiates-rationalisation-polling.html


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